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Summer Science Institute completes 5th year at NMSU

"A Science Smorgasbord," was held at New Mexico State University's College of Engineering June 14-18. The event, part of Reaching the Pinnacle's Annual Summer Science Institute, promotes science and technology.

Emeritus professor Dale Alexander from New Mexico State University's Chemistry Department, explains combustion in his demonstration "Fun with Gas" during Reaching The Pinnacle's 5th Annual Summer Science Institute. (Courtesy photo.)

This year, 22 area high school students participated in hands-on activities mixed with demonstrations by science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty and other STEM experts so that students were able to experience STEM both from the practitioners' experiences as well as through their own.

"RASSI's goal is to encourage high school age students with disabilities to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers," said RTP Program Coordinator Richard Turietta.

This year students built model bridges, watched chemistry in action, built and launched rockets and saw cutting-edge research on squids. Each day brought new activities challenges, and lots of fun.

"RASSI is educational and entertaining, with an atmosphere of learning and camaraderie, where the joy of learning is encouraged, and the excitement of science and engineering comes to life," Turietta said.

For more information on RASSI and other programs sponsored by RTP, visit their website at http://rtp.nmsu.edu.

RASSI camps have been a mainstay of Reaching the Pinnacle since 2006. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Continuing Grant No. HRD 0622930.