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New Mexico State University to host summer institute for disabled students

The Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering and Mathematics - Squared (RASEM-Squared) at New Mexico State University will host a summer science institute for junior high and high school students with disabilities June 23-27 in the Engineering Complex.

pose of the Regional Alliance Summer Science Institute (RASSI) is to spark students' interest in science and math through active, inquiry-based science activities in a one-week institute format. The theme for RASSI 2003 will be solar power and automobiles.

Thirty-six students and six local special education and science teachers will build solar-powered cars and take a field trip to Sunspot, N.M. Also, Paul Funk, a specialist in solar oven technology, will help students build solar ovens in which they will cook meals in and John Wiles, Southwest Technology Development Institute program manager, will talk to students about his solar-powered home.

Co-directors for RASSI 2003 are Las Cruces teachers Barbara Jewett and Yvette Crofford. Other teachers involved in the institute are Sharon Sevachko, Ria DeKruyf, Heather Hodges and Paula Leighton.

RASEM-Squared is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation with additional funding from the state of New Mexico, General Motors and Exxon. Local businesses, such as DeeGee's Deli, Peter Piper Pizza, Hooter's, PicQuik and Church's Chicken, donated meals for this year's program.

For more information, contact Turietta or other RASEM-Squared staff at (505) 646-6051, (505) 646-8020 (TDD) or visit the RASEM-Squared Web site at http://rasem.nmsu.edu.