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Robot-building workshop offers disabled students chance to participate in science topics

Students ages 10-13 will have an opportunity to build their own robots during a two-day workshop Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19, to be held at New Mexico State University by the Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering and Mathematics for Students with Disabilities (RASEM).

kshop is designed to get students interested in math, science and engineering by giving them a fun, hands-on experience. Throughout the two-day event, students with special needs will be teamed with students without special needs to increase the awareness of disability issues, said project coordinator Jerry Wightman, a senior in electrical engineering at New Mexico State.

Wightman said the workshop will be held in the university's Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 102. Because of the room's size constraint, RASEM can only accept 30 persons for the workshop. While the workshop is open to all students between 10 and 13 years old, RASEM personnel hope to maintain a 50-50 ratio between special needs students and non-special needs students, he added.

Since 1991, the RASEM program at New Mexico State has worked to increase the number of students with disabilities in science, math and engineering courses. The program is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional funds from the state of New Mexico, IBM, the Intel Corp., General Motors Corp. and the ExxonMobil Corp.

For more information contact Wightman at (505) 646-8011 or jwightma@nmsu.edu or the RASEM office at (505) 646-6051.
[EDITORS NOTE: Photo opportunities will be made available from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 19.]