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July 20, 1995

Michael Mewhinney Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA (Phone: 415/604-3937) RELEASE: 95-113 NASA AWARDS $7.1 MILLION FOR NEW INTERNET EDUCATION PROJECTS NASA has awarded $7.1 million to eight proposals for developing new ways to teach science, mathematics, engineering and aeronautics using the Internet. The eight awards will be given to schools in nine states to develop new information technologies for students in kindergarten through the second year of college (K-14) and vocational education. These awards are funded through the High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Office as part of NASA's Information Infrastructure Technology and Applications (IITA) program. "We're really excited by the partnerships, diversity of students served, and innovative approaches these projects represent," said Paul Hunter, HPCC program manager at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. "We'll be making substantial contributions to providing 'high-tech' career paths for physically challenged, geographically remote, and economically disadvantaged youth in a variety of social environments around the nation," Hunter said. "We're convinced we'll be demonstrating the capability the Internet offers to Americans everywhere." The eight projects to be funded by NASA's Education, Training and Lifelong Learning in Aeronautics cooperative agreement notice include: Student Program for Aeronautics Resources and Knowledge (SPARK): a $300,000 cooperative agreement with the

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. SPARK targets rural, Native American and disadvantaged Idaho youth and their teachers. It integrates aeronautics curriculum into the Upward Bound educational program and seeks to increase student and teacher knowledge of aeronautics. -more-2The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook: a $1.1 million cooperative agreement with Cislunar Aerospace, Inc., Vallejo, CA, to develop an electronic multimedia text, teachers' supplement and student workbook designed to be used over the Internet in conjunction with the World Wide Web. Participants include a team of classroom teachers from Northern California; St. Joseph's School for the Deaf, New York, NY; PS 102, Brooklyn, NY; St. John's University, Jamaica, NY; the Davis Joint Unified School District, Davis, CA; and the University of California, Davis. Lego Prototyping in Aeronautics: a $570,000 cooperative agreement with Tufts University, Medford, MA, to integrate science, engineering and computers into a curriculum for K-6 grades that will encourage more students, especially females, to become interested in engineering and science. Students will use computer-operable Lego (tm) components and computers to build and test airplane wing designs while honing skills in design, computers and fundamental physics. Participants include Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District, Chapel Hill, NC; Hastings School, Lexington, MA; and Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA. Aviation Academy 2000: a $970,000 cooperative agreement with Wooddale High School, Memphis, TN. This project will use digital computer networking to increase students' math,

science, English and technology skills and abilities. This project also will encourage and prepare students for careers in avionics support, aviation ground operations and other advanced aerospace career opportunities. Participants include Memphis City Schools. An Internet-based Curriculum on Math and Aeronautics for Children with Physical Disabilities: a $1.18 million cooperative agreement with InfoUse, Berkeley, CA. This project will deliver a user-friendly, accessible, on-line interactive math and aeronautics curriculum for fourth through seventh graders with physical disabilities, enabling them to keep up with coursework and to follow high-tech career paths. Participants include the Center for Accessible Technology, Berkeley, CA; Alliance for Technology Access (a nationwide group with headquarters in San Rafael, CA); University of Washington College of Engineering's, "The Disabilities Opportunities Internetworking and Technology Program (DO-IT)," Seattle, WA; and the Communication Enhancement Center at Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology and Research (ALL STAR) Network: a $1.17 million cooperative agreement with Florida International University to develop an aeronautics curriculum, coursework and software by integrating text, graphics and animation. This aeronautics learning environment targets minority students in grades 414. Participants include Prime Technologies Services Corporation, Bethesda, MD, Miami Dade Community College and the Dade County Public Schools. -more-3Aeronautics and Aviation Science Careers and Opportunities: a $730,000 cooperative agreement with the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications, Cambridge, MA. The project uses live, interactive satellite

programming and digital computer and telecommunications technology to introduce students and teachers to aeronautics concepts, careers and applications. Participants include demonstration school sites in the greater Boston area; Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA; and the Federal Aviation Administration's New England Regional Office, Burlington, MA. Sharing Aeronautic Projects Electronically (SHAPE): a $1.04 million cooperative agreement with the Antelope Valley Union High School District, Antelope Valley, CA. SHAPE is designed to motivate and inspire K-12 students to pursue technical careers in math, science and technology through an interactive multimedia curriculum based on current or historical aeronautical events. Participants include the Palmdale School District, Palmdale, CA; Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA; PAT Projects, Palmdale, CA; Flight Test Historical Foundation, Lancaster, CA; and Wearls Corporation, Lancaster, CA. The awards will have a much broader reach than just their home states. For instance, the project with InfoUse of Berkeley, CA, will reach 46 Alliance for Technology Access sites in 37 states, and the project with the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications will link to 100 sites nationally. The IITA program's goal is to stimulate U.S. economic growth and contribute to the implementation of a national information infrastructure using NASA science, engineering and technology. NASA Headquarters administers the IITA program while NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA, provides technical management and coordination of these projects. - end NASA press releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to domo@hq.nasa.gov. In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type the words "subscribe press-

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