2020 Virtual Experience | July 6 – 31
Requirements: Any 6 – 12th grade Student, Commitment for Entire Program, Computer with Internet
Cost: Materials (~$80.00)
Since 2016, New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering has hosted the NM PREP Middle School Academy and NM PREP High School Academy. These intensive two-week residential summer STEM programs are held on the campus of New Mexico State University. This year, due to COVID-19, we had to get a bit creative in order to host the NM PREP Academy, and in the process, we decided to offer a whole NEW program: NM PREP Virtual.
Just like the Academies, NM PREP Virtual has been designed to spark student interest in STEM, specifically in engineering by offering hands-on activities that simulate real-world engineering experiences. This self-paced Middle and High school program, beginning July 6th, will incorporate four to five hand-on projects with in-depth lessons that will dive deep into engineering concepts and disciplines. With access to the instructor during designated office hours, any student has the opportunity to successfully complete this month-long program.
NM PREP Virtual is open to any middle school or high school student who wants to learn more about STEM in a fun hands-on way. There is no cost to apply, however, you will need to purchase the project materials (~$80.00). You will also need access to a computer and the internet.
Materials to Purchase
Although these materials are not required to participate, the program is greatly enhanced by interacting with the concepts and theories in a hands-on manner. It is suggested that each of the following materials is purchased for the program, but you can also pick-and-choose to match your budget.
Middle School Materials:
1x Any Beginner Level Rocket (Launcher Optional): Purchase Here
50x 1/4″ diameter x 7-3/4″ length straws*: Purchase pack of 100 Here
50x pipe cleaners*: Purchase pack of 250 Here
1x Basic Kit (Discount Code – NMSU15): Purchase Here
1x Wizard Rocket or any other Intermediate Level Rocket: Purchase Here
1x Shockwave Electric Car: Purchase Here.
25x Balsa Wood Strips 1/8″ x 1/8″ x (36″ or 24″): Purchase Pack of 50 Here
1x Hero Starter Kit (Discount Code – MarioHero): Purchase Here
* Use your own if you already have this item at home.
** In order to launch the rockets, an engine and starter pack is necessary. However, they are not required for the program.