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Roswell Air Center, local schools co-hosting aviation expo

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Students from across New Mexico will be in Roswell Thursday, Sept. 26 for the New Mexico Aviation and Aerospace STEM Expo.

More than 3,000 students from middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the state have been invited to the event organized by New Mexico Aero Education and being co-hosted by the Roswell Air Center and the city of Roswell, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and the Roswell Independent School District.

The expo — which is specifically for students and not open to the general public — will be held at the Roswell Air Center, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The focus of the expo for ages 13 to 21 is science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while promoting general aviation and the aviation and aerospace industry in New Mexico. The theme of the expo is “Women in Aviation and Science.”

Students will interact with hands-on displays while engaging in activities that feature general and military aircraft, higher-education institutions, science demonstrations, flight training schools, military recruiting and aviation maintenance education. The students will also have opportunities to talk with pilots, engineers, educators and industry partners who can tell them what careers are available in the aviation, aerospace and military career fields.

The city of Roswell is providing equipment including a stage, tents, public-address system, tables and chairs. The Roswell Independent School District is providing bus transportation to the expo for students from the local school district. ENMU-R will be assisting with security. In addition, the college’s dining service, Great Western, is providing lunch. The lunch is sponsored by Krumland Auto Group.

More information about the expo and the New Mexico Aero Education organization is available at nmaaa.net.