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Official NASA Communication 92-118

Official NASA Communication 92-118

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Terri SindelarHeadquarters, Washington, D.C.Embargoed until(Phone: 202/453-8400) July 21,1992RELEASE: 92-118NASA AND THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY JOIN FORCES FOR EDUCATIONNASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced that NASAand 26 private-sector aerospace contractors have taken a majorfirst step to coordinate the industry's education activitiesin supporting the nation's education reform efforts."The education of America's youth is far too importantfor just the government to solve. Industry has a vestedinterest in America's future and that future resides in theclassrooms today," said Goldin. "I'm moved and overwhelmedwith the variety of education programs and with the genuineconcern and strong support of the aerospace industry inhelping with national education reform. I hope that our jointinitiative with the aerospace industry will be a model and aninspiration for other industries."The 26 companies participating in the NASA-IndustryEducation Initiative (NIEI) reported conducting almost 600education programs, with the majority (57 percent) of activities focused at the high school level. The hundreds of activities range from cooperating on and sponsoring PBS andother science education productions to awarding scholarships,conducting on-site teacher training programs to providingtutoring and mentoring programs. The education programsprimarily emphasized science (55 percent), with the remainderemphasizing interdisciplinary studies.The first step of the initiative was to survey existing
education programs, produce an inventory and assess the levelof program support for the national education goals.The resulting NASA-Industry Education Initiative :Education Programs Report 1991 provides a foundation for thenext critical step of the initiative -- that is, to enhancegovernment-industry cooperation, share information andleverage resources, and coordinate programs and reform effortsto help solve our nation's education problems.- more -- 2 - The NASA-Industry Education Initiative Supports EducationReformThe NASA-Industry Education Initiative (NIEI) seeks waysin which NASA and the aerospace contractors can refine andalign current and planned education activities to support thenation's education reform strategies and to accomplish theNational Education Goals established by President Bush and thenation's Governors.NASA and the aerospace industry's educational effortsreach several millions of Americans and involve well over92,000 government and industry personnel annually. Theindustry supports a broad range of education programs at allgrade levels, as well as with adults.The initiative and its various education programsparallel the efforts of the Federal Coordinating Council forScience, Engineering and Technology's (FCCSET) Committee onEducation and Human Resources (CEHR). The CEHR was created bythe federal government for education coordination. Some of the objectives of both FCCSET/CEHR and NIEI are to improvescience and mathematics performance, improve publicunderstanding of science and technology, and to promotelifelong learning projects.In keeping with the widely recognized need to increasethe educational achievement of groups traditionallyunderrepresented in science and engineering, approximately 32percent of NIEI programs are at least partly geared towards

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