Sep 9, 2015 –
PNM Resources Foundation gave $10,000 to New Mexico MESA, Inc. to enhance educational enrichment services in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the MESA Model.
The future focus is the Prosthetic Arm design with Microprocessor programming component competition for 60 schools in the western (Gallup/Grants/Bloomfield) and middle Rio Grande and southwest regions in New Mexico. This request will positively impact over 1,300 students and 71 teachers in these vast regions served by PNM Resources. This money will help cover costs for operation/administration, student/teacher transportation for field trips, STEM competition supplies/computer kits, state competition preparation and participation for student teams and teachers in these regions.
PNM has shown industry leadership in contributing to the social well-being of communities where MESA has a presence. Through this assistance, PNM Resources will provide critical support to teachers and students, allowing them to meet the national challenge of creating a prosthetic arm – microprocessor programming prototype and setting a direction for future STEM professionals.
NM MESA success matrixes show only 8% of incoming NM MESA freshman require remediation, compared to 47% of the average New Mexico college freshmen and our longitudinal study shows 78% of MESA high school seniors attend higher education after high school; 62% attend New Mexico institutions of higher education; 55% attend and graduate from institutions of higher education.