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NMSU to Debut Innovative TECH Center to Engage Students in STEM

New Mexico State University will debut an innovative lab that will engage area students in the fields of education, science, technology, engineering and math this week.

NMSU, in conjunction with White Sands Missile Range, recently received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to build and maintain the lab, which is touted as an immersive learning experience for students in the STEM fields.

“This is an exciting new addition to NMSU that promises to provide students in our region with an excellent learning experience,” College of Education Dean Don Pope-Davis said. “The STEM fields are becoming increasingly important in education, and so we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to give students in our region the valuable skills they need to succeed.”

NMSU is one of only five schools in the nation to call itself home to a Department of Defense educational lab, and is the only university to house one, said Susan Brown, director of NMSU’s STEM Outreach Center. Brown said that because of the networking capabilities provided by the STEM Outreach Center, the College of Education was ‘a logical choice’ for the new lab.

“Students will be engaged in a variety of missions that require critical thinking in applying core math and science competencies ranging from time-speed-distance calculations to advanced physics,” Brown said. “All of the missions focus on real world problems, including increasing communication skills as well as developing skills in aviation engineering.”

The lab was designed by TEQGames at Universal Studios, which was also responsible for designing the popular The Mummy attraction along with many of the rides at Universal Studios in Florida.

The lab at NMSU is divided into two sections: one side simulates a training camp in Afghanistan, while the other features a New Mexican mountain backdrop. The lab also features a number of computers and flight simulators so that students learn math concepts.

“The TECH Center would greatly help us motivate students to pursue STEM careers,” Reddi said. “Along with our cutting edge laboratories and facilities in engineering, the TECH Center will help us recruit some of the brightest students in the region to engineering disciplines.”

The NMSU TECH Center is already proving to be a popular destination for elementary and middle school students. So far, NMSU’s STEM Outreach Center has booked five school tours in October.

The STEM Outreach Center provides high-quality after-school and summer programs for New Mexico elementary and middle school students. Since 2009, it has served more than 24,000 students and hosted professional development programs for more than 2,000 teachers statewide.

The new TECH (Test and Evaluation Collaboration Hub) Center will open its doors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. September 27 in the atrium of O’Donnell Hall, home of the College of Education.

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers is scheduled to attend, along with College of Education Dean Don Pope-Davis, College of Engineering Dean Lakshmi Reddi and other dignitaries from NMSU and White Sands Missile Range.

Author:  Adriana M. Chavez – NMSU

Motor Coach Tour to Trinity Site Set for October 7

On July 16, 1945, a tremendous explosion in the New Mexico desert marked the beginning of the end of World War II. The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on that day at Trinity Site, on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History hosts a motor coach tour to the site each April and October as part of a fundraiser for its Foundation.  Museum volunteer and renowned local historian Pete Eidenbach will accompany guests on the coach, giving an in-depth talk on the bomb and its history, along with unique insight into local history.

Once on site, guests enjoy a brown bag lunch, visit to the McDonald House and go on a walking tour of Trinity Site. On the way back, Pete’s debriefing is highlighted with a special showing of the movie The Land of Space and Time.

Once at the museum, guests will be treated to a guided tour followed by reserved seating for an exclusive showing of Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie in the New Horizons Theater.

Trinity Site is open to the public twice each year, on the first Saturday in April and again on the first Saturday in October. White Sands Missile Range hosts the annual events because this national historic site is on the north end of the normally highly restricted range. Special interpretation at the site is provided by Missile Range staff.

All visitors must have government issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport.

“If you’ve never been to Trinity Site, this is the way to travel. On the coach, you’ll be able to enjoy the trip comfortably and get a fascinating talk about the bomb and Trinity Site from our guest travel guide Pete Eidenbach,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.

The roughly 140 mile round trip from Alamogordo to Trinity Site crosses through a large area of White Sands Missile Range. There are no facilities and no stopping along the route once the caravan has left Tularosa, although the museum’s motor coach does have onboard restrooms.

Limited advance tickets are on sale now through the museum’s marketing department or online, and include the round trip to Trinity Site, guided tour, brown bag lunch, guided tour of the museum, and reserved seating for the New Horizons Theater showing of Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie.

The ticket price is $70 per person, or $60 for museum members. To reserve your tickets or for more information, call 575-437-2840 ext. 41132 or visit nmspacemuseum.org.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs.  For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website or visit the Facebook page.

Address + Map: 3198 State Rd 2001   |   Alamogordo, New Mexico, NM 88310