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03-069
For Release: October 24, 2003

Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office
216-433-5795
sallie.keith@nasa.gov

Opportunities for Students About to Soar

Students grades K-12 in South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas will soon be able to use the latest in computer software and hardware to discover the world of science and technology.

NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC), Cleveland, recently announced the selection of three new NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) program sites. The new sites will be Oglala Lakota College, a tribal college in Kyle, S.D.; Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn., in partnership with SECME, Inc., an Atlanta based non-profit organization; and Wiley College, a 130-year old historically black college in Marshall, Texas.

These locations were selected following a nationwide competition conducted by NASA to establish new SEMAA program sites. Solicitations for proposals were sent on July 8 to over 1,000 accredited two and four-year minority colleges and universities. Final selections were based in part on each location's ability to attract and retain students from target populations, to track student participation, and to sustain the program after the expiration of NASA funding. Locations were also judged on their organizational structure and the strength of their partnerships.

The addition of these new sites brings the total number of SEMAA program locations to 23. All three sites will receive start-up funding this year and will begin operations in 2004.

SEMAA exposes historically underrepresented students in grades K-12 to activities in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics and technology. The program consists of three, eight-week, Saturday morning sessions with distinct curricula for each grade level. There are no student fees.

SEMAA, a vision of former Cleveland Congressman Louis Stokes, was developed in 1993 through a partnership between GRC and Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, to foster understanding and enthusiasm for math and science in schoolchildren. Since its inception, SEMAA has reached more than 100,000 students, parents and teachers around the country. NASA's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs in Washington funds the SEMAA program.

Further information about SEMAA can be found at http://www.semaa.net

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

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