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2013 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 28-May 31 and June 3-7 for youth grades 5-7
Session 2: June 10-June 14 and June 17-June 21 for youth grades 5-7
Session 3: June 24-28 for youth grades 5-7
Session 4: July 8-12 for youth grades 5-7
Session 5: July 15-19 for youth ages 10-14
Session 6: July 22-26 for youth grades 5-7
Session 7: July 29-Aug. 2 for returning game lab experts entering grades 7-8

The New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab provides students in grades 5-7 an opportunity to participate in six different summer "think tank" sessions as well as a special session for 4-H members and a special session for experts who have attended sessions in the lab before. Participants can choose between a 2-week session, which takes place daily from 8:30 a.m. to noon, or a 1-week session, which will be held daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a $40 charge for all sessions, which are held in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 173 on the NMSU campus.

As part of the sessions, participants, who will also be called game lab consultants, have the opportunity to play and evaluate computer, video and iPad 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 17. Spaces are limited, and application does not ensure participation. Participants must provide their own transportation. To register, visit http://www.learninggameslab.org.

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


Session I: May 28-June 13

Session II: June 17-July 3

Session III: July 8-24

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 22-June 27

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 28-July 3

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 3-9 and June 10-15

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://campinnoventure2013.eventbrite.com/


June 3-7

New Mexico State University, Mariposa Autism Support Center and Aprendamos Intervention Team will hold a 1-week summer camp for children with autism. Children and adults with a diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorder who are between the ages of 5-21 and enrolled in public school are invited to attend. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, horseback riding, archery, kayaking, a climbing wall, music and social skills.

CONTACT: Felicia Olivas, 575-526-6882 ext. 133 for applications, or Kathleen Crotin, 575-646-7831 or kacronin@nmsu.edu


June 3-July 3

PREP is an intensive mathematics-based, pre college summer program that provides educational enrichment for middle and high school students. For one month, students will participate in intensive math, science and engineering activities learning logic, algebraic structures, physics and technical writing. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, with field trips to provide hands-on-learning on Fridays. The 180 participants, from seventh to 11th 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


Middle School Summer Camp

June 3-14

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.

High School Summer Camp

Session I: June 17 - 21
Session II: June 24 - 28

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.

All camps will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday in the NMSU Science Hall Room 118B. Students must submit an application by May 15. Applications and more information are available at http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/ywic/.


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; Reverse Engineering, Science Olympiad Camp, a Tinkering Studio and a Micro-G Robotics Camp.

June 3-7
"Build to Express" for students in the fifth and sixth grades. Students will learn about mechanical engineering. Design automata boxes with cams and levers to move sculptures mechanically, scribbling machines with motors, design their own Operation game with a buzzer and a tilt sensor that activates a sound mechanism. This camp will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

June 3-7 and June 17-21
LEGO NXT Robotics "Battle of the Bots" for students in grades six through eight. Students will design robots that follow a line maze with two light sensors and will battle their robots in a jousting bout. Student will also design robots that have to extinguish four fires. This camp will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

June 10-14 and June 24-28
"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. This camp will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

June 10-14
"Science Olympiad Camp" gives students from grades six through eight a chance to work as a team. Teams will build boomilevers, helicopters and water bottle rockets and solve a CSI case. This camp is from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

June 17-21
"Tinkering Studio" will be for students in the seventh and eighth grades. Students will learn about mechanical and electrical engineering. Students will build their own laser show box (spirograph), build an air powered robotic gripper from silicon, and use conductive paint, LEDs and a light sensor to build a night light. This camp will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

June 22
"Micro-G Robotics Camp" for students in grades six through eight and one parent/guardian. Students will work on soldering skills on a circuit board with blinking LEDs, resistors, capacitors and switches. Campers will also build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle.

This camp has limited space 15 students and 15 parents/guardians and will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

June 24-28
"Reverse Engineering" will be for students in the fifth grade. Students will learn how to take wind-up toys apart and put them back together. They will also be opening up all sorts of broken electronics to see what is inside. Students are encouraged to bring broken electronics to dissect.

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


Elementary Music Camp

June 10-14 or June 17-21

Incoming 1st-5th grade students will be divided into three groups according to age to work with elementary music specialists and prepare for a performance. Focus will be on teaching the fundamentals of music through performance in a fun and enthusiastic learning environment. The areas of focus will be movement, singing and instruments. Session One will take place June 10-14 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a performance Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. Sessions Two and Three will occur June 17-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a performance Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. The cost for the camp is $59. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

Middle School Band Camp

June 10-1

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 to 11:30 a.m. with a final performance at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14. 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 to 4 p.m. Advanced students also have the option to take classes in jazz studies from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or a secondary instrument class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.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 11-21

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 to 11:30 a.m. with a final performance on at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21. 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 20-22

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 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22. 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, manager@lascrucessymphony.org


Latina Dance Theater Project's LOCA Workshop

June 4-8

Latinas Over-the-Top Collaborative Arts (LOCA) is about introducing artists to the idea of developing collaborative performance work by weaving together various disciplines found within the realm of performance, creating rich, creative work. LOCA calls for all interdisciplinary performing artists, dancers, actors, musicians/composers, video artists, writers and directors to join Latina Dance Theater Project's artists for this exciting and unique workshop. A presentation of participant's work created out of the process of LOCA will culminate the workshop. This program is for mature high school through professional dancers. The class will run Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $150.

NMSU Dance Program's Summer Dance Workshop

July 15 - 21

Open to dancers 11-years-old and up, the workshop will be taught by NMSU dance faculty and students and will feature classes in ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop. Participants will also learn choreography and perform at the Performing Arts Center on July 20 and 21. The classes will run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with performances on Saturday and Sunday. The fee is $150 and includes classes, use of costume and two complimentary tickets to the performance.

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


July 8-11

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 back in their communities.

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


June 3-5

The New Mexico State University Future Farmers of America Chapter will host the 85th annual state convention this summer in Corbett Center. The nearly 70 FFA chapters from all over the state will attend to compete in agri-science fair, chapter prepared public speaking, extemporaneous public speaking, greenhand prepared public speaking, greenhand creed and job interview, as well as the nomination of new state officers. There will also be a motivational speaker.

CONTACT: Liz Lopez, 575-646-3036, lizml@ad.nmsu.edu