NMSU PREP Academy accepting applications

Writer: Tracey O’Neil

The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University is accepting applications for the 2018 New Mexico PREP Academy.

Held on the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces, the NM PREP Academy is a summer residential program designed to engage high-achieving middle and high school students in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. Selected students will gain insight on life as an undergraduate student by living among peers in university dorm facilities, working alongside peers to complete project-based learning activities, interacting directly with university engineering faculty to identify innovative solutions to real-world problems, gaining hands-on experience in problem solving, and enhancing communication skills. The program offers two session, one for middle school students and another for high school students.

The NM PREP Middle School Academy will be held June 3-14 and is open to students that are currently enrolled in grades 6-8.

The NM PREP High School Academy will be held June 17-29 and is open to students currently enrolled in grades 9-11. This program exposes students to the engineering design process, applied use of engineering software, advanced manufacturing using 3D printers, and implementation of their engineering skills with real-world projects.

There is no charge to participate in the NM PREP Academies, but space is limited. Participants will be selected based on a review of submitted applications.

Applications are available online at https://engrstem.nmsu.edu/stem-home/nm-prep-middle-and-high-school-academy/. Interested students must apply by 5 p.m., March 15.

For more information, contact Program Specialist Tony McClary at 575-646-2913 or email at engr-nm@nmsu.edu.

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