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May 8, 2009

Chris McGee, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-3249

High School Students Invited to Apply for NASA's Inspire Program

High school students in communities surrounding John C. Stennis Space Center are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, known as Inspire.

Applications are being accepted through June 30. NASA will make selections for the program in September.

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, including some from Stennis Space Center. The online community 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.

Students selected for the program will have the option to compete for experiences during the summer of 2010 at NASA facilities and participating universities throughout the nation. The Inspire project is designed to encourage ninth through 12th grade students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The summer experience provides students a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers in those disciplines.

The Inspire project is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA's missions.

For information about the project, including details about how to apply, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE.

For information about NASA's education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education.


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