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Academy of Young Scientists - From Stone Age to Space Age

Sponsoring Organization: 
NMSU STEM Outreach

The Southern New Mexico Academy for Young Scientists (AYS) provides opportunities to spark the interest of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Through hands-on science adventures, AYS educates and motivates the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers in the Las Cruces, New Mexico community!

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Academy for Young Scientists bring an assortment of out-of-school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics opportunities to approximately 400 middle school students and their families. AYS students enjoy exciting and educational science excursions, as they work toward their goal of 150 hours of AYS activities during 5th, 6th and 7th grades.

The Academy for Young Scientists program emphasizes hands-on science fieldtrips and participation in after-school space and science programs, all with an “Adaptation to the Environment” theme. Students explore many science topics from the “Stone Age to the Space Age” including archaeology, aerospace and astronomy, engineering, biology, geology, environmental awareness, and the latest technology.

Submission Type : 
Eligibility Requirements: 
Students enrolled in 5th grade. No new enrollments.
Ongoing Event: 
Event Season: 
Year Round
Program Contact Information
Program Contact : 
Ligia Ford
ligios [at] nmsu.edu
University or College Affiliation: 
New Mexico State University
Is your program statewide?: 
State Area Options: 
Southwest Region
What types of communities do you serve?(Urban/Rural): 
Target Audience: 
6-8th Grade
Underrepresented Minorities in General