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July 22, 2002

Victoria Steiner                                                                                   

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Phone: 650/604-0176 or 650/604-9000

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media representatives are invited to a summer students’ reception in the outside patio of Building 3 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., July 23, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. PDT. Reporters will have an opportunity to interview students who spent their summer learning about NASA research and technologies, and their mentors, Ames scientists who devoted part of their time in recent months to educating and inspiring the next generation of future explorers. To access Moffett Field, visitors must submit valid government-issued picture identification. Please inquire at the gate for directions. 



The African-American Advisory Group at NASA Ames Research Center is sponsoring a reception for summer student interns and their mentors to celebrate another successful year of educational outreach to minority students.

This summer, dozens of young, bright minds from schools across the country, including many minority colleges and universities, had a unique opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Ames researchers. Summer interns received hands-on experience in information technology, astrobiology, aerospace research, life sciences and public administration.

“Involving students in NASA's programs today helps produce the workforce for tomorrow, not only for NASA, but for the nation,” said NASA Ames Education Director Donald James. “The inspiration NASA provides knows no boundaries with respect to ethnicity or gender. Our education programs are designed to encompass everyone, including those who may have been left out in the past.”

The reception is a chance for students and mentors to gather and share their experiences at NASA.

“This event is a celebration of the wonder and inspiration that the nation’s space program provides to young minds,” said Sheila Johnson, program coordinator for the African-American Advisory Group. “It is exciting to see students from every conceivable background come together to share the experience that is NASA, and to grow and expand their horizons in ways that they may never have thought possible.”


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