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Sonja Alexander/Renee Juhans
(Phone: 202/358-1761/1712)

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

July 10, 2003
RELEASE : 03-231
NASA And NAACP Focus On The Future
NASA is teaming with the NAACP to show its commitment to diversity by making scientific, technological and engineering opportunities accessible to all, as well as inspiring underrepresented communities to prepare for a high-tech tomorrow.

To inspire the next generation of explorers, NASA will feature a Space Shuttle launch experience theater during the NAACP annual convention July 12-17, 2003, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla. The exhibit features a virtual reality station and "hands on" interactive technology to help stimulate interest in science, math and technology education.

NASA is sponsoring 14 science judges for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual national Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics competition during the convention. African-American students from across the country will compete for national honors in 25 categories ranging from science and engineering to dance and the cultural arts.

The NAACP Program Information Exchange Center will house the NASA Kennedy Space Center Student Programs Exploration Station. Students will be able to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, using aerospace hardware, that complements instruction in rocketry, human space flight, exploration, science, technology and mathematics.

NASA will also participate in the NAACP 28th Annual Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Awards Dinner on Wednesday, July 16th. NASA Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs Dr. Dorothy Hayden-Watkins and DOD's Director of Military Equal Opportunity James Love will co-host the awards banquet.

For information about NASA, education programs, and human space flight on the Internet, visit:


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