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Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

July 1, 2004
 
RELEASE : 04-212
 
 
NASA Summer High School Program Continues To Inspire
 
 
The agency has launched its 2004 NASA Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) in which a group of high-achieving students are selected from a nationwide pool of more than 2,100 applicants to serve as apprentices in a variety of professions. Selected students represent nearly every state in the country, as well as the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and American Samoa.

NASA SHARP's synergistic approach to learning provides students with research-based mentoring focused on NASA's mission, facilities, human resources and varied research components. The annual summer program advances NASA's goal of engaging underrepresented students in research opportunities and reinforces educational excellence in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography. The program also seeks to enrich and inspire students during the eight-week period by promoting interaction within their academic, workplace and social environments.

"NASA is committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, as only NASA can," said Deborah Glasco, Program Manager, Elementary and Secondary Education Division, Office of Education. "SHARP is a direct extension of this commitment, dedicated to academically and professionally motivating a diverse group of youth," she said.

The program is conducted at all NASA field centers as well as several participating universities around the country. A commuter component involves students residing within a 50-mile radius of a NASA center, while a residential component involves students residing on the university campus to which they are assigned. NASA mentors and staff from previous classes collectively focus on promoting career opportunities to students who are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography.

NASA SHARP is a unique educational opportunity that propels today's talented high school students into the diverse science and engineering work force of tomorrow. Administered by Modern Technology Systems Inc., NASA SHARP operates from June 1 through August 20, 2004.

For more information on NASA education programs, visit the Internet at:

http://www.education.nasa.gov


 

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