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NMSU's College of Engineering sponsors PACE summer institute

The New Mexico State University College of Engineering, in conjunction with the NMSU Department of Black Programs and the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, will sponsor the first annual Summer Institute for the Promotion and Awareness of Careers in Engineering and Science (PACE) June 11-19.

Fifty middle school students and 10 teachers from Las Cruces, Gadsden and Carlsbad will build high-power model rockets and multiple-sensor payloads, launch the rockets with the payloads, analyze the payload data and present their results in a technical report.

The purpose of the institute is to strengthen students' mathematics, science, engineering and technology skills, increase their enrollment in college preparatory courses and encourage their pursuit of degrees and careers in those fields.

On Tuesday, June 15, the students will launch their rockets at the NMSU College Ranch, located at the Jornada Range off Highway 70. The launch is scheduled for approximately 8:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The PACE program, funded by a grant from NASA, targets underrepresented pre-college students. The aim of PACE is to support educational outreach projects at universities to increase the number of underrepresented students who study mathematics, science, engineering and technology in college.

For more information on the Summer Institute, contact Mike Davis at (505) 646-4208 or visit the PACE Web page at http://optics1.nmsu.edu/pace.