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Toyota USA Foundation receives congressional award for helping NMSU program

The New Mexico State University Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SNM SEMAA) and the Education Technology Think Tank (ET3) presented a congressional award to the Toyota USA Foundation Sept. 10 in Washington, D.C.

jor R. Owens, D-Brooklyn, chairs the Congressional Black Caucus' Education Braintrust, which collaborates with ET3 in furthering educational technology and assisted in presenting the award.

SNM SEMAA provides academic enrichment and career awareness for students in third to tenth grade in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology with a vision to include children in kindergarten to 12th grade in the future.

The Toyota USA Foundation has given $200,000 to SNM SEMAA during the past two years to expand and provide opportunities for more than 2,100 students.

"They have been very supportive and really understand what the project is all about," Susan Brown, director of SNM SEMAA, said.

With the help from foundations, neighboring school districts and collaboration between the NMSU Colleges of Education and Engineering, SNM SEMAA plans to continue to improve student achievement and increase participation in science, math, engineering and technology.