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Summer science institutes planned for students with disabilities

The Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering and Mathematics-Squared (RASEM-Squared) at New Mexico State University will sponsor two summer science camps for students with disabilities in southern New Mexico and far west Texas in June.

ps, called the Regional Alliance Summer Science Institute (RASSI), are meant to spark student interest in science and math through active, inquiry-based science activities in a one-week institute format.

The first RASSI camp, for students in grades 5-8, is titled "Science with a Flare" and will be held June 14-18 at Canutillo Middle School in Canutillo, Texas. The camp, which is on the physics of rocketry and robotics, will feature talks by a physicist from Mid-Range Missile Project, a Fort Bliss Army pilot and math and engineering professors from the University of Texas-El Paso. "Science with a Flare" will be directed by Alan Stephens, a consultant from the Region 19 Education Service Center in El Paso.

The second camp, for students in grades 9-12, is titled "Fuel Cells and Robotics" and will be held June 21-25 in the NMSU Engineering Complex. NMSU chemical engineering professor Shuguang Deng and some of his graduate students who are involved in fuel cell research will assist with the camp. The students will utilize the expertise of NMSU engineer Yu-ping Tang while working with Mindstorm Lego Robotics Kits. "Fuel Cells and Robotics" will be directed by Richard Turietta, NMSU's RASSI director.

The deadline to register for either RASSI camp is 5 p.m. Friday, May 28.

The goal of RASEM-Squared is to increase the number of students with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics related fields. RASEM-Squared is funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by NMSU's College of Engineering.

For more information contact Turietta at (505) 646-2484 or rturiett@nmsu.edu.