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For Release: April 27, 2001

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Second Annual SEMAA "Refueling" Conference

Students nationwide will benefit from the SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) national conference April 26 - 29 at the Westin Atlanta North in Atlanta, GA. Hundreds of attendees, including teachers, parents, administrators, support staff and central office staff will meet in general and breakout sessions, exhibits, forums and roundtable discussions, with an overall goal of energizing or "refueling" SEMAA for the 21st century.

SEMAA was established in 1993 by former Congressman Louis Stokes as a partnership between NASA Glenn Research Center and Cuyahoga Community College (CCC), both in Cleveland, Ohio. The SEMAA Academy, with a national office at CCC, has grown from a single site to a multi-site organization reaching over 12,000 students participating in educational programs around the country.

This week's conference in Atlanta will include an awards ceremony and dinner dance on Friday evening starting at 7 p.m., a tour of the Fernbank Science Center, one of the ten SEMAA sites, and nationally-known speakers including Michael Chappie Grice of the San Francisco Unified School district who will be talking on minorities and mathematics.

A highlight of the conference is the Mobile Aeronautics Education Laboratory, a state-of-the-art, computerized classroom that puts cutting-edge technology at the fingertips of participating students and teachers.

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Note to Editors: Media representatives are invited to attend any of the sessions during the SEMAA Conference at the Westin Atlanta North Hotel.

More information about SEMAA is available at:


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