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March 27, 2000

Kylie Moritz
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281) 483-5111

Release: J00-19

Johnson Space Center Co-Ops Take Their Message to High Schools

More than 30 college students are returning to high school this week, sharing their experiences working at the Johnson Space Center under the Cooperative Education (co-op) Program.

March 27 through 31, the co-ops are visiting Santa Fe High School as part of their semi-annual High School Outreach Program.

Approximately 16 teams, consisting of two co-ops, will visit 32 classes at the high school throughout the week. The co-op teams work closely with the teacher to develop presentations that complement ongoing activities of the class.

The presentations include an overview of the space program, an opportunity to see actual flight hardware, information about college and career opportunities and a question and answer period. Each presentation is tailored to the interest and age level of the students.

High School Outreach is an official NASA program run by the college co-op students currently working at JSC. It is designed to encourage high school students to enter careers within the space program by promoting education in math, science, engineering and other technical fields.

High School Outreach began as a supplement to current JSC educational programs and has reached over 10,000 students at area high schools since its inception in 1991.

Cooperative Education Students alternate semesters, or quarters, between working full-time at JSC and attending classes at various universities across the nation. Their areas of study range from engineering, math, and science to business and journalism.

For further information, contact the JSC Newsroom at 281/483-5111.


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