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2011 summer programs at New Mexico State University


Session 1: May 31-June 3 and June 7-11 for youth grades 6-8

Session 2: June 13-17 for adults only

Session 3: June 20-June 24 and June 27-July 1 for youth grades 6-8

Session 4: July 5-8 and July 11-15 for youth grades 6-8

Session 5: July 18-22 and July 25-29 for youth grades 6-8

The New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab provides students in grades six through eight, as well as adults, an opportunity to participate in five different summer "think tank" sessions. Sessions take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon daily in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 173 at NMSU. As part of the sessions, participants, who will also be called game lab consultants, have the opportunity to play and evaluate computer and video games while helping game designers test new educational games currently in development at NMSU. Selected consultants play and design games and develop their writing, interpersonal and computer skills. Many of the games and learning materials are science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related. Consultants also work with game developers to explore careers in game development and investigate the many ways games can be used in education. Selection of participants is limited and based on the current research needs of game developers. An application is required. Selected participants will be notified by May 13. Spaces are limited, and application does not ensure participation. Participants must provide their own transportation. The cost of the program is $40 per applicant. To register, visit http://www.learninggameslab.org.

CONTACT: Michelle Garza, 575-646-3646, migarza@nmsu.edu


Session I: May 31-June 16

Session II: June 20-July 7

Session II: July 11-27

NMSU will present a swim school open to the public. The program is divided into three sessions held throughout the summer months. The classes meet Monday through Thursday and offer morning and afternoon classes. The class levels are preschool, beginner, intermediate and advanced. The minimum age requirement is three years old. For the preschool and beginner classes the sessions are 30 minutes long and cost $75 per session. Intermediate and advanced class sessions are 45 minutes long and cost $95.

CONTACT: Sasha Garcia 575-646-3518, smirnova@nmsu.edu


Bridge Program

May 25-June 30

Recent high school graduates enrolled in the Trio Upward Bound Program can take part in the Bridge Program where they will learn skills needed to succeed in college, take seven college credits and will also participate in an internship. Students will receive mentoring to help with the transition to college. Students also will also get the chance to live on campus.

Summer Academic Program

May 30-July 7

High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to experience college life during the Summer Academic Program. This program allows for 40 high school students to take computer science, English, foreign language, math and science courses to improve their study habits. Students also will receive supplemental instruction for the following school year.

Participants for both programs must currently be enrolled in the Trio Upward Bound Program.

CONTACT: Rene Guillaume, 575-646-4255, reneog@ad.nmsu.edu


June 6-9

The New Mexico State University Future Farmers of America Chapter will host the state convention this summer in Corbett Center. FFA chapters from all over the state will attend. Some state officers will retire and new ones will be elected. There also will be competitions and a guest speaker.

CONTACT: Pamela Nelson, 575-646-3036, nmffa@nmsu.edu


SEMAA is designed to encourage normally underrepresented groups to explore the fields of science, engineering, mathematics and technology through hands-on, inquiry-based science activities. The program consists of a combination of school-based curriculum enhancements, university organized enrichment activities and parent outreach. SEMAA is free to all students enrolled in the program. To register, visit http://semaa.nmsu.edu. The following SEMAA camps will be held in the Aerospace Education Lab in Foreman Engineering Complex Room 213 at NMSU:

"WEDO Robotics" for fifth-graders: Students develop team building skills as they work to build and program a Lego zoo with flapping birds, roaring lions, hungry alligators, drumming monkeys and more. Participants must have completed the fifth grade. (8:30-11:30 a.m. June 6-10 and June 20-24)

LEGO NXT Robotics "Robots Alive" for students in grades six through eight. Students, recognized as NASA contractors during the camp, will design and build robots that mimic animals and insects with NXT Lego robots. They will discover how unique animal traits influence robot designs for human use. Projects include a dung beetle, horseshoe crab, shark, polar bear and sloth. Students will work with touch and ultrasonic sensors during this camp. (1:30-4:30 p.m. June 6-10 and June 20-24)

G.L.E.E. "Girls Learning Exciting Engineering" camp for students in grades six through 10. Students will explore civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial and chemical engineering through hands-on activities such as building an alternative-energy-powered car, thermoplastic polymer boats, LED Hula Hoops, a Mountain Dew surprise and more. (8:30-11:30 a.m. June 13-17)

"Rocket Camp" for students in grades six through eight. This action-packed week will focus on rockets and the physics of rocket flight. After learning the model rocket safety code, students will build a variety of rockets and participate in daily launches during the weeklong program. The program also includes a "Friday Family Launch Party." (8:30-11:30 a.m. June 27-July 1)

VEX Robotics "Game Over" for students in grades eight through 12. This is an advanced robotics camp for students who have worked with NXT robotics for two or more years. Students will learn C programming to operate their robots through various challenges. They will also build a robot to play the fast-paced game "Swept Away." (1:30-4:30 p.m. June 27-July 1)

CONTACT: Laura Tomlinson, 575-646-2991, llomas@nmsu.edu; Ligia Ford, 575-646-7524, ligios@nmsu.edu


June 1 - June 2

This class is an introduction to engineering. Students will learn how to build and program autonomous robots. The course is designed for students age 12 and older and middle school or high school teachers who are interested in learning about robotics. This is a two-day course that runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and includes hands-on study. The cost is $800.

CONTACT: Yu-Ping Tang, (575) 646-3354, ytang@nmsu.edu


June 6-11 and 13-18

Registration is now open for Camp Innoventure. During the camp, students will learn how to brainstorm business ideas, write a mission statement, develop a short business plan and create and sell a product that will be sold at the Las Cruces Farmer's Market.

The cost is $40 per session. This fee includes project material costs, workbook materials and camp backpack.

CONTACT: Marie Borchert, 575-646-7839, http://campinnoventure2011.eventbrite.com


June 6-24

Elementary and middle school students from first through eighth grade will have the opportunity to participate in the performance of "African Tales," a play that will be written by the children and directed by Ruth Cantrell. Classes will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. The final performance will be at 5:30 p.m. June 24 in the Hershel Zohn Theatre at NMSU. The cost per child is $150, and registration can be completed by phone with a credit card or by coming to the theatre offices in the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

CONTACT: NMSU Theater Arts, 575-646-4517


June 6-July 18

PREP is an intensive mathematics-based, pre-college summer program that provides educational enrichment for middle and high school students. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn logic, algebraic structures, physics and technical writing. Field trips provide an opportunity for hands-on learning. Students sixth grade and above may attend PREP for four years before entering college. There are no tuition costs or fees, and more than 90 percent of the students who participate go on to pursue higher education. All functions, except field trips, are held on the NMSU campus.

CONTACT: Erica Voges, 575-646-2973


Middle School and High School Orchestra Camp

June 13-17

This camp is open to middle school and high school students interested in orchestra. Middle school students will meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and high school students will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. High school students who play a wind instrument are also invited to attend the afternoon orchestra camp. The cost is $59. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

Middle School Choir Camp

June 6-10

Sixth through eighth grade students are invited to attend the Middle School Choir Camp. The camp will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. The cost is $59. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

Las Cruces Middle School Band Camp

June 20-24

More than 300 middle school band students will meet on the NMSU campus to get acquainted with the NMSU band and instruments. This camp is open to all incoming sixth through eighth grade students who would like to begin or continue instruction in band. First year students will meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Second and third year band students also may participate in the secondary instrument class or jazz band and will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $59. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

CONTACT: Katie Tomicek, 575-649-9974


2011 High School Computer Science Summer Camp
July 6-Aug. 5

High school females interested in a career in computer science, or who are interested in how computer science relates to other fields, are encouraged to apply. More information and applications are available at http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/ywic.

CONTACT: Rachel Jensen or Becca Galves, 575-646-4451, rgalves@cs.nmsu.edu


June 13-17

During the New Mexico State University RASSI Summer Institute, high school students with disabilities will have the opportunity to learn about science and perform experiments concerning solar and wind power, along with activities aimed at teaching students about the planet. The theme this year is: "Mean Green Science Machine." The program is funded by the National Science Foundation, and the main objective of the program is to promote STEM for people with disabilities. The program is free and admits a maximum of 30 people per session. To register, visit http://rtp.nmsu.edu/applicationforms.html.

CONTACT: Jackie Sanders at jsanders@nmsu.edu


June 1- end of July

Students in the summer MARC program will participate in research. Students in their first year of the program will do laboratory research on the NMSU campus and participate in three learning components. Students in their second year of the program will participate in summer research internships at various institutions across the country. The program's goal is to prepare undergraduate students to pursue Ph.D.s in biomedical sciences. The program has been active for 35 years and is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

CONTACT: Michael D. Johnson, 575-646-3627, johnson@nmsu.edu


June 20-24

New Mexico State University and Mariposa Autism Support Center will hold a one-week summer camp for children with autism. Children with a diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorder who are between the ages of 6 and 11 are invited to attend. The fee for the camp is $250, including a $50 registration fee. Parents must pay the registration fee, and there are scholarships available for the remaining $200. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Activities will include swimming, recreational activities, arts and crafts, social skills and more.

CONTACT: Amanda Morton, 603-325-5224.


July 11-15

More than 300 New Mexico students ages 14-19 will meet on the New Mexico State University campus to participate in workshops, contests, election of officers and business sessions. The youth will compete to have a chance at representing New Mexico at the national contests. During the conference, the youth will gain leadership skills, learn about opportunities for higher education at NMSU and will participate in multiple recreation activities throughout the week.

CONTACT: Amy Zemler, 575-646-5204, azemler@nmsu.edu


A new multi-camp discount is available this year. Campers will receive a discount of $50 off the total price when they sign up for both a skills and a specialty camp.

All Skills Camp

July 22-24

Campers will be grouped by level of athleticism, experience and age into elite, intermediate or beginner levels. The camp will focus on developing all volleyball skills in a fun and energetic environment. Campers will also compete in competitive games in both indoor and outdoor volleyball. Mike Jordan, NMSU volleyball head coach, and high level camp staff will offer campers high quality instruction while providing a memorable experience. The camp costs $200 per commuter camper and $325 per overnight camper. Registration and check-in will begin at 3 p.m. July 9 at the NMSU Activity Center.

Team Camp

July 15-17

This camp will focus on developing the campers' passing, setting, attacking, defense and transition skills in a team environment. Sessions will include advanced offensive and defensive systems with information and team concepts offered by Mike Jordan, NMSU volleyball head coach, and camp staff for each team. This camp also provides tournament experience for high school teams considering competing prior to preseason. Each team will be provided with its own camp coach and will have the opportunity to work directly with Jordan. Each camp staff member is handpicked by Jordan according to his or her coaching expertise and extensive knowledge of the game. The camp costs $100 per camper. Housing and meals are not provided. Overnight teams and individual campers are responsible for making accommodations off campus at Comfort Suites at 575-522-1300 or Sleep Inn at 575-522-1700. Both locations are within walking distance of the gyms at NMSU, where the camps will take place.

Specialty camps

July 30-31

Setter Camp: Each session begins with a group demonstration and instruction by Mike Jordan, NMSU volleyball head coach, and staff. The single-item-focus style of teaching allows campers to master the art of setting.

Libero Camp: The camp focuses on the defensive art of digging and passing to master the Libero position. Each camp will begin with a step-by-step progression with the basic fundamentals and gradually move to more advanced concepts.

The camps run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with lunch provided at noon. The camps cost $125 for commuter campers. Registration and check-in will begin at 9 a.m. July 24.

CONTACT: Mike Jordan, 575-646-7714, micjorda@nmsu.edu