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2012 summer programs at New Mexico State University

EDITORS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS: Looking for feature stories and photos? Summer programs at New Mexico State University offer good possibilities. Following are some of the activities that will take place on the main campus this summer, in addition to the regular summer sessions for NMSU students. If you are interested in any of these, you may call the contact person directly, or call University Communications and Marketing Services at 575-646-3221 for assistance.


Session 1: May 29-June 1 and June 4-8 for youth grades 6-8

Session 2: June 11-June 15 and June 18-June 22 for youth grades 6-8

Session 3: July 9-13 and July 16-20 for youth grades 6-8

Session 4: July 23-27 and July 30-August 3 for youth grades 6-8

The New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab provides students in grades 6-8 an opportunity to participate in four 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 while developing 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. 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 18. Spaces are limited, and application does not ensure participation. Participants must provide their own transportation. There is no cost for the program. To register, visit http://www.learninggameslab.org.

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


Session I: May 29-June 14

Session II: June 18-July 5

Session III: July 9-25

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 24-June 28

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 29-July 5

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 4-9 and June 11-16

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://campinnoventure2012.eventbrite.com/


June 4-6

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


June 4 - 8

New Mexico State University, Mariposa Autism Support Center and Aprendamos Intervention Team 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 6-18 are invited to attend. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, horseback riding, music and social skills. This year will also include archery with a certified instructor, kayaking and a climbing wall.

CONTACT: Missy Wothman, 575-526-6882, or Kathleen Crotin, 575-646-7831 or kacronin@nmsu.edu.


June 4-July 13

PREP is an intensive mathematics-based, pre college summer program that provides educational enrichment for middle and high school students. For six weeks, students will participate in intensive math, science and engineering activities learning logic, algebraic structures, physics and technical writing. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, with field trips to provide hands-on-learning on Fridays. The 200 participants, from seventh to 12th grades, are chosen through a rigorous application process and pay no tuition costs or fees. More than 90 percent of the students who participate go on to pursue higher education.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Howard 575-646-5894


High School Summer Camp

June 4 - 29

During this free camp, young women entering their freshmen to senior year will earn college credit, a weekly stipend, catered lunch and learn fun and hands-on computing processes that include: Alice Animation, LilyPad Arduino, StarLogo, AppInventor and NXT Robotics. Campers will also be exposed to the college admissions process, financial aid information, and have training in advancing their abilities in 3-D mental rotation. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the NMSU Science Hall.

Middle School Summer Camp

June 4 - 15

During this free camp, girls who will be entering the sixth-eighth grades will learn basic programming skills in fun and hands-on ways. Within the camp, campers will experience computing processes that include NetLogo TNG, 3-D animation and simulation. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the NMSU Science Hall. Students must submit an application by May 11. Application and more information are available at http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/ywic/.

High School Overnight Camp

July 6-14

This 9-day, overnight camp is for Santa Fe students who are members of the GUTSyGirls (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) program and will an abbreviated version of the June camp. Campers are young women entering the 10th-12th grades.


The Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) Camps will be held in the SEMAA Aerospace Education Lab, Foreman Engineering Complex, Room 213, in Las Cruces. This year's themes include Wedo Robotics for fifth Graders, NXT Robotics for Middle School; VEX Robotics, Renewable Energy Camp, Science Olympiad Camp, a Flight Camp and a Rocketry Camp. One camp will be held at the Innovate Educate (GAC) with an emphasis on improving math skills.

June 4-8 and June 18-22

"WEDO Robotics" is where 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.

June 4-8 and July 9-13

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. For youth grades 6-8.

June 11-15

VEX Robotics "Game Over" is for students in grades 8 - 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."

June 18-22

RENEWABLE Energy Camp will expose students to hands-on science. Students will construct their own solar powered flashlight, build and race solar cars, develop a solar cell with blackberry juice, and learn how to purify water using a solar still. There will be a visit to a solar furnace that can focus the sun's power to melt a slab of aluminum in 17 seconds. For youth grades 6-8.

June 25-29

SCIENCE Olympiad Camp gives students a chance to work as a team. Two teams will compete and build towers, cars, water bottle rockets and air powered. Students will learn about rocks and minerals, forestry and maps. For youth grades 6-8.

June 25-29

FLIGHT CAMP allows children to learn about flight through experiments with gliders, paragliders, motorized airplanes and mini rockets. Students will learn to fly a Cessna airplane on flight simulator then experience a real flight at the Las Cruces Airport on the last day of class. For youth grades 6-8.

July 9-13

ROCKET CAMP is a chance for future pilots to learn about flight through experiments with gliders, paragliders, motorized airplanes and mini rockets. Students will learn to fly a Cessna airplane on flight simulator then experience a real flight at the Las Cruces Airport on the last day of class. For youth grades 6-8.

CONTACT: Ligia Ford, 575-646-7524, ligios@nmsu.edu


June 11-15

The RASSI program is held each summer and offers high school students with disabilities the opportunity to explore the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields through hands on activities and projects. Partnering with the Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Aerospace Academy, the RASSI Summer Institute will feature all new experiments and projects for participants. Robot "Revolution" will focus on mechanical engineering, robotics, and electronics. Students will participate in a number of experiments before designing, programming, and testing their robots. There will also guest speakers on the STEM fields and the robotics industry. The program is free. To register visit http://rtp.nmsu.edu by May 25.

CONTACT: Randy Larry, 575-646-6051, rtp@nmsu.edu


Middle School Band Camp

June 18-22

For beginning students, each camper will have the opportunity to test the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and drums before choosing one to work with a specialist on throughout the course of the week. Their workshops will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. with a final performance on at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 22. Students will also be able to meet their middle school band director.

Second and third year students will receive group and individual instruction with a specialized staff from 1-4 p.m. Advanced students also have the option to take classes in jazz studies from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or a secondary instrument class from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for an additional $15 per session. The cost for both beginning and advanced students is $59. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

Middle School Orchestra Camp

June 11-15

For beginning students, each camper will have the opportunity to test the violin, viola, cello and bass before choosing one to work with a specialist on throughout the course of the week. Students will also be able to meet their middle school orchestra director. Advanced students with work in groups and receive individual instruction with specialized staff and work with a guest conductor as they learn an entire concert. All workshops will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. with a final performance on at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15. The cost for both beginning and advanced students is $59. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

High School Full Orchestra Camp

June 14-16

High school orchestra students will rehearse and perform a full symphony orchestra with one of the area's finest clinicians. Students will learn and perform a classical repertoire with group and individual instruction with specialized faculty and will work in a variety of genres, styles and composers. Instrumentation will be limited to those of traditional orchestra and will be limited in size. Workshops will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, and Friday, June 15, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The final performance concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $59. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

CONTACT: Katie Tomicek, 575-649-9974


June 25-29

The Wizards of Goddard hall is a program for girls in middle and high school to provide role models who actively engage them in exploring how science is fun and relevant to their lives. By placing girls in hands on situations of creative uses of science and engineering, the program will build confidence in their ability to succeed and nature positive attitudes towards STEM studies. The project will help the girls explore the economics of cosmetics, soaps, food and film and how none of these industries would be possible without the real-life wizardry of different types of engineering: chemical, civil, aerospace, agriculture, environmental and industrial. There will be two teams: the first to meet from 9 a.m.-noon and the second from 1 p.m. - 4p.m. in the Ed and Harold Foreman engineering program. For more information and to register visit http://rtp.nmsu.edu/wizards-of-goddard-hall.html.

CONTACT: Randy Larry, 575-646-6051, rtp@nmsu.edu


July 9-13

New Mexico State 4-H Conference is an event where youth from all over the state have a chance to compete in contests and participate in leadership building workshops. When competing in the contests youth have the opportunity to win state titles and qualify to compete nationally. At the workshops guest presenters provide hands on activities that help youth identify the personal leadership skills and methods to apply then back in their communities.

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


Aug. 6-11

The Pan American Dance Institute and the New Mexico State University Dance Program will host a summer workshop for dancers age 13 and up at intermediate or advanced levels. The workshop will feature guest artists Matthew Keefe and Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe and NMSU instructors Debra Knapp and Ann Gavit. Classes will include ballet, jazz, modern and gyrokenesis.

A placement class to determine intermediate and advanced levels will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. The classes are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two master classes will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Fees are range from $15 to $200 depending on the length of the class and number of days. Pan American Dance Institute members receive a 10 percent discount. The deadline to register is July 23.

CONTACT: Ann Gavit, agavit@nmsu.edu, 575-646-2070