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May 28, 1997

John Lawrence
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Phone: 281/483-5111

Release: J97-19

JSC and Clear Creek ISD Collaborate

A collaborative education venture to locate a Clear Creek Independent School District on the premises of Johnson Space Center (JSC) will be announced at a joint press conference Wednesday by representatives of both organizations.

The agreement represents a unique partnership between the federal government and a local school district. It provides the opportunity to combine the scientific and technical expertise of Johnson Space Center with teaching skills of the Clear Creek district faculty, thereby furthering the development of the science and mathematics curriculum for students. Possibilities for educational program development are still in the planning stage.

Participating in the news conference 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the space center will be Nick Lampson, U.S. Congressman; George W. S. Abbey, JSC director; Dr. John E. Wilson, Clear Creek district superintendent of schools; and Mike Moses, Texas State Commissioner of Schools.

Commenting on the collaborative project, Mr. Abbey said, "It is very rewarding to see young people in our community directly benefit from the collaborative efforts of the federal government and local school district to make the best use of resources for educational opportunities."

Superintendent Wilson stated, "The students in the Clear Creek ISD are the direct beneficiaries of the cooperative spirit which exists between JSC and local school district personnel. I commend JSC Director George Abbey for helping us challenge our students to dream, to reach for the stars, and to dedicate themselves to being our nation’s next leaders."

Numerous other cooperative educational projects sponsored by Johnson Space Cenbter and the Clear Creek Independent School District encourage young people to consider careers as the nation’s future space explorers and scientists. One such project currently underway involves the participation of a Clear Creek ISD teacher as an intern at the center this year in NASA’s "Teaching from Space" program.

 

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