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November 12, 1999

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-5111

Release: J99-48

NASA Co-Op Students to Inspire Deer Park High Schoolers

Cooperative education students working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center will visit Deer Park High School next week to brief young high schoolers on the value of attending college and studying the fields of math and science.

This is the eighth year that the college students working at NASA will venture out to a different high school each semester to bring the excitement of space exploration into the classroom and stress the value of going to college.

Jennifer Sheppard, University of Washington, and Matt McCurdy, Texas A&M, are leading the outreach program this year. Presentations will begin at 7:25 a.m. and end about 2:15 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday, Nov. 15-18.

“The program gives kids the opportunity to meet other students that are not that much older, who are successful in college and, better yet, work for NASA,” said Jeffrey Davis, a JSC co-op student from Purdue University, and member of the High School Outreach External Relations Committee.

The presentations will include video, hands-on demonstrations using NASA equipment and time available for the high schooler students to ask questions of the co-op students.


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