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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2012

02.22.12 (LAS CRUCES) -- There is a different type of lesson high school students from all over New Mexico are learning and its also preparing them for a future career.

Thomas Martinez knows exactly what he wants to do with his life.

"I like dealing with stuff like electronics," he said.

Martinez is already getting the experience in school. He's taking some classes in engineering at Mayfield High School.

"We know the very basics of engineering, what it's for and why we need it and just topics like that and some topics of engineering like how to figure out certain calculations that some engineers need in their daily careers," he said.

More than two hundred New Mexico students involved with Project Lead the Way are learning about a possible career in the field through a trip at the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University.

"I like building stuff with my hands and messing around with the electronics and control and cars and stuff like that," said Peter Vasquez, Mayfield sophomore.

Project Lead the Way is a program offering students the chance to advance their interest in science, engineering, math and technology. The program introduces students to the many jobs they can have as an engineer.

"There's a broad, broad range but anything from designing cars to working on computers, building bridges, roadways, working with water treatment places," said Elizabeth Howard, student project coordinator.

The field trip to New Mexico State University is part of Engineering Week happening this week on campus.

Reported by Carlos Correa

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