Requirements: Any 6 – 12th grade Student, Commitment for Entire Program, Computer with Internet Cost: Materials (~$75.00)

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 (~$75.00). You will also need access to a computer and the internet.

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946,