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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Demetrius Bereolos
Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, Okla.
(Phone: 918/595-7955)

July 15, 2003
RELEASE : 03-236
NASA Inspires Student Ambitions
NASA will engage Tulsa, Okla. area high school and aviation technology students in an interactive discussion with the International Space Station crew on July 17.

The in-flight educational program, with the Space Station Expedition 7 crew, is part of the week long Science and Engineering Careers Academy (SECA) at Tulsa Community College. The discussion is from 2:10 to 2:30 p.m. EDT.

"NASA hopes the downlink with the International Space Station crew will enhance the science careers' showcase at Tulsa Community College, allowing students to envision how essential the study of science and engineering are to careers in aeronautics and space flight," said Debbie Brown Biggs, Team Lead for NASA's Teaching from Space Program. "Few have the opportunity to experience this prime example of career dedication to science, math and engineering," she said.

The Tulsa Aviation Education Alliance (TAEA) sponsored SECA week will include sessions about science and engineering careers with scientists, engineers and researchers. The participants are students from Tulsa Public Schools and the Tulsa Technology Center.

The event is expected to draw nearly 400 public viewers on site, including Oklahoma State University (OSU) Tulsa campus President Dr. Gary Trennepohl; OSU Dean of Engineering Karl Reid; Tulsa Technology Center Superintendent Dr. Gene Callahan; representatives from the offices of Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune; and Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.). Sen. Inhofe will call in a greeting to the Expedition 7 crew and other event participants.

The International Space Station program, provided via NASA downlink, is one in a series to educational organizations across the country and abroad, and an integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space Program. The Teaching from Space Program, managed from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, facilitates educational opportunities that use the unique environment of human space flight. The program builds partnerships with education communities to create unique learning opportunities through the use of NASA research and educational technology.

NASA TV will broadcast the downlink. NASA TV programming is available via satellite through AMC-9, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880.0 MHz, and audio of 6.80 MHz.

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