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NMSU summer program teaches the "Evolution of Computers"

The New Mexico State University Regional Alliance of Science, Engineering and Mathematics (RASEM) Summer Science Institute brought together area students and teachers July 17-28 with the intention of sparking their interest in science, mathematics and engineering.

The summer institute titled "Evolution of Computers" hosted students and teachers from Valley View Elementary, Vista and Zia middle schools, and Mayfield, Onate, Las Cruces and Alamogordo high schools. Participants explored the history of computers and looked at the technology available today by using software that simulated the basic concepts of physics and chemistry.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, RASEM began six years ago and has an ultimate goal of encouraging students with disabilities to pursue degrees in science, engineering, math and technology. In addition to the summer institute, RASEM holds workshops throughout the school year and sponsors a mentor program for NMSU students.

Chris J. Minnick
Aug. 10, 2000