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The Wizards of Goddard Hall Summer Program

Has successful first year


The first annual Wizards of Goddard Hall Summer Program was held June 25-29 on the New Mexico State University campus and had over 17 participants.  Wizards of Goddard Hall  is an innovative program for girls in middle and high school throughout the southern part of New Mexico. The program aims to provide girls with role models who actively engage them in exploring how science is fun and relevant to their lives.  This years project allowed girls to explore different types of engineering-chemical, civil, aerospace, agriculture, environmental, and industrial. Participants also gained exposure to types of careers within the STEM fields that relate to nutrition and cosmetics.




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RASSI 2012 Robot Revolution


The 2012 Regional Alliance Summer Science Institute (RASSI) kicked off a full week of summer science fun and learning. The theme of this year's RASSI was "Robot Revolution" and was sponsored through a collaboration Reaching the Pinnacle (RTP) and the Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SNM SEMAA). This partnership brought together experts across various fields of science and learning and proved to be a great success.


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RTP is located in the Ed & Harold Foreman Engineering Complex on the NMSU campus

About Reaching the Pinnacle


Reaching the Pinnacle (RTP) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program whose major objective is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for persons with disabilities. In order to accomplish this, RTP has established a number of avenues through which funding may be used to directly impact students' and educators' STEM pursuits.

The flagship activity under RTP is the mentorship program.  Mentors in this program are college students with identified disabilities majoring in STEM. The role of a mentor is to participate in projects set up by RTP at schools, assist with research projects, provide academic support/tutoring in schools, engage in other activities that RTP designates, or implement individual STEM education projects.

RTP also sponsors Summer Science Institutes (RASSI) which are designed to pique students' interests in STEM before they enter college.

RTP has educational and professional partners throughout its region (all of New Mexico and most of West Texas). Partner projects are funded through RTP and provide support for Partners to participate in STEM activities designed to meet their needs.

Improving the quality of life for students with disabilities is not just a slogan; it's a mission for RTP and its partners. RTP is striving to increase the number of persons with disabilities in the STEM work force.

RTP is providing the means, support and encouragement for students with disabilities to overcome the educational barriers they face in considering STEM careers.








This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Continuing Grant No. HRD 0622930."

"Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."

updated: April, 2012