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Huntsville area high schools to participate in NASA rocketry program.

Student groups from Lee High School and New Century Technology High School in the Huntsville, Alabama, area have each been awarded a grant of $2,500 to participate in NASA's Student Launch Initiative.

The initiative, which is managed by the education program at NASA's Marshall Space Fight Center, is intended to motivate students to pursue careers in science, math and engineering. It allows teams of high school students to experience hands-on, practical aerospace and engineering projects similar to what they would find in a professional environment.

"There's a real need to excite young people about careers in science and engineering, and we believe the Student Launch Initiative can help," says Jim Pruitt, manager of the Marshall Education Programs Department. "It gives them a preview of what it's like to actually work in an engineering environment, and this exposure could inspire the students to be our next generation of explorers."

According to the Marshall Space Flight Center, under the guidance of engineers at the center, students participating in the initiative design, build and launch a rocket as a first step toward the goal of ultimately flying to an altitude of one mile. This year's launch event is set for spring 2004.

For more information about the Student Launch Initiative, visit http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/sli, or for information about other NASA programs, visit www.nasa.gov.
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