New Mexico State University
Established locally in 2001, NASA's Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy actively engages first- through twelth-grade students from the Las Cruces, Hatch and the Gadsden Independent School Districts. Headquartered on the campus of New Mexico State University, the NASA SEMAA project serves over 3,000 students throughout Southern New Mexico each year. SEMAA is offered as a free, after-school, math and science enrichment program at 34 local schools within the participating school districts. Since its inception, the Project has served over 18,000 students with many of its alumni now enrolled at various universities majoring in the science, technology, engineering and mathematic fields.
SEMAA features, hands-on activities, field trips, and various team activities and projects involving problem-solving and engineering design. NASA provides the content and training is available for all instructors. As part of SEMAA, participating middle and high school students visit New Mexico State University to engage in aerospace technology and activities in the NASA Aerospace Education Laboratory, or AEL, a state-of-the-art, electronically enhanced, computerized classroom. The AEL consists of 10 computerized research stations that provide NASA SEMAA students with real-life aerospace challenges involving science, engineering, mathematics and NASA technology; a wind tunnel; and a flight simulator. In addition to middle and high school students, the AEL is available at no cost to local engineering students, pre-service teachers, faculty, students, teachers, parents and other community members.
In addition to NASA, the SEMAA project site at New Mexico State University received financial support from a 21st Century Grant, ADC Corporation, the American Honda Foundation, EIG, Intel Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, the New Mexico State Legislature, the Quest Foundation, the RGK Foundation, Tommy Hilfiger, the Toyota USA Foundation, Foundation, the Wolslager Foundation and U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.
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Calendar of Events
June 3 - July 12, 2013
Dr. Susan Brown
NMSU Box 30001, MSC 3R
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Grade Levels: 1-12