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NMSU summer program aimed at educating students in math and science

One hundred seventy-four students in grades 6-10 are participating in the Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (PREP) June 5-July 21 at New Mexico State University.

The seven-week, academically intense program is designed to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Courses in logic, algebraic structures and physics are intended to stimulate participants' interest in higher mathematics and science.

"PREP's goal is to develop a passion and curiosity for science, math and engineering that will stay with our students through high school and into college," said Karen Mikel, project manager for PREP.

Insights Science Museum, Holloman Air Force Base, the International Space Hall of Fame and Carlsbad Caverns are among the destinations for Friday field trips, which along with career awareness seminars provide students with the opportunity to see how the STEM disciplines are applied in the real world.

Speakers at the career awareness seminars will include Roy Caniano of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, District Attorney Susana Martinez and Josh Neubert, community and events planner for the X-Prize Cup.

PREP is administered through WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, a part of the Institute for Energy and Environment in the NMSU College of Engineering.

Austin Craig
June 13, 2006