October 26, 2006 Sallie A. Keith Media Relations Office 216-433-5795 sallie.keith@nasa.

gov RELEASE: 06-062 NASA EDUCATION FACILITY OPENS AT WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY NASA and Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio, will join forces on October 30 during the grand opening and dedication of the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) and its Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL) that will be located at the University. The AEL will be dedicated in the name of U.S. Rep. David L. Hobson. What: Dedication of the NASA SEMAA project and the AEL When: Monday, October 30, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Who: Dr. Bernice G. Alston, deputy assistant administrator, NASA's Office of Education Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, president, Wilberforce University The Honorable David L. Hobson, 7th Congressional District of Ohio Where: Wilberforce University King Science Building 1055 North Bickett Rd. Wilberforce, Ohio 45384 NASA SEMAA is an innovative, national project designed to increase the participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In partnership with Wilberforce University, NASA SEMAA offers three eight-week sessions during the academic year and four one-week sessions during the summer. Students meet during school, after school and/or on Saturday mornings to engage in hands-on, inquiry based learning sessions designed by NASA in a seamless set of K-12 curricula. The AEL is a state-of-the-art, electronically enhanced, computerized

classroom that puts cutting-edge technology at the fingertips of SEMAA students in grades 7-12. The unique learning experience will allow students to take a trip to the International Space Station or design an aircraft and plot its flight across the country. NASA SEMAA also provides parents/caregivers with important information relevant to their children's education in the Family Cafe, providing information on NASA and non-NASA STEM related programs available for their children's participation. NASA SEMAA is sponsored by NASA's Office of Education, Washington, and managed by Glenn Research Center, Cleveland. The NASA SEMAA project is focused on engaging and retaining students in STEM programs to encourage their pursuit of educational disciplines critical to NASA's future engineering, scientific, and technical missions. NASA SEMAA project sites are currently located at 17 sites located in 13 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For more information about SEMAA on the Web, visit: http://www.semaa.net For more information about the AEL on the Web, visit: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/MAEL/ -end-