Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington

Oct. 8, 2009
RELEASE : 09-235
NASA Selects High School Students for INSPIRE Education Program
WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected 1,732 high school students from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to participate in its Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, also known as INSPIRE. The INSPIRE project is designed to encourage students in grades nine through 12 to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The selectees will participate in an online learning community in which students and parents have the opportunity to interact with their peers and NASA engineers and scientists. It also provides appropriate grade-level educational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants and their families to gain exposure to the many career opportunities at NASA.

The selected students will have the option to compete for workshops and internships at NASA facilities and participating universities throughout the nation during the summer of 2010. The summer experience provides students a hands-on opportunity to investigate careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The INSPIRE project is part of NASA's education efforts to engage and retain students in disciplines critical to the agency's missions.

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For more information about NASA's education programs, visit:


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