- In 1999, due to the large response of exceptional applicants, an extra site was added
to the Houston PREP program, located at the Houston Community College Technology Center. Out of 250
total Houston PREP students, 50 First Year students attended the program at the HCC site.
- In 1999, the Pre-College Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, Engineering,
and Technology was continued with funding to Houston PREP. The grant by NASA Headquarters in
Washington, D.C. totaling $300,000 over three years was awarded to CCSDS to enhance PREP by:
Continuing support of the Fourth Year Program
Continuing the integration of science, mathematics and technology in all Houston PREP curricula
Establishing an additional Houston PREP site
Conduct teacher training sessions to help Houston PREP teachers integrate
mathematics, science, and technology into the classroom
- Houston PREP incorporated the performing arts into its curriculum.
All PREP students had the opportunity to learn culturally diverse dance and music. The professional
instructors were Raul Edwards (Unlimited Talents), George Henderson (Multicultural Education Counseling
Through the Arts), and Maria Lozano (Unlimited Talents). Selected PREP participants performed during
the Houston PREP Closing Ceremonies.
- The 2nd Annual Houston PREP Engineering Fair was held on July 23, 1999 and July 24,
1999. Gracie Saenz, Attorney at Law with Brooks, Baker, & Lange, was the special guest speaker
at the fair. Other speakers included Lupita Armendariz, Equal Opportunity Specialist at NASA-JSC;
engineers from Kellogg Brown & Root, who had bridge building activity for the students; and
other presenters from Bechtel, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, BP Amoco, Quixote Enterprises, Exxon,
and Stone & Webster.
- Fourth Year students implemented robotics using the LEGO Robotics invention system.
They also developed web sites based on their research of computer-related topics.
- The 1999 Houston PREP Class was composed of Hispanic (33.6%), African-American (45.4%),
and women (64.6%) students who were interested in possible engineering and science professions.
The overall Houston PREP population was 96.5% minority and female students.
- The 1999 Houston PREP follow up survey of former PREP Scholars showed a 99.5% high
school graduation rate. The Survey Results showed that 89.9% are college students or graduate students;
of the college students, 46.2% are engineering or science majors; 75.1% of the college students are
minorities. Of the college graduates, 57.1% are engineering or science majors; 81.0% of the
college graduates are minority.
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