In 2000, 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
Continuing support of the additional Houston PREP site
- As part of this grant, Houston PREP conducted week-long teacher training sessions in the summer, led by
Ms. Mitsue Nakamura, before the program began. A team of secondary school mathematics and science teachers
developed lesson plans which integrated NASA objectives and technology.
- Through several grants awarded to the CCSDS, the
UHD Scholars Academy
was created on the UH-D campus. Five Houston PREP scholars received scholarships through the Scholars
Academy to major in computer science or natural science at UH-D.
- A group of Houston PREP teachers attended the Alliance Chautauqua 2000 conference, entitled "Grid
Power - Get Connected," at the University of Kansas from August 1-3, 2000. The conference helped
the teachers to implement technology in the classroom.
- Another group of Houston PREP teachers attended the Supercomputing 2000 Conference in Dallas, Texas
from November 4-10, 2000. They participated in the Education Program, which offered the opportunity to
learn computer modeling and simulation techniques, which could applied to science and mathematics curricula.
- The 3rd Annual Houston PREP Engineering Fair was held on June 12-13, 2000. Ms. Estella Gillette, Director
of Equal Opportunity Programs Office at NASA Johnson Space Center, presented the keynote address and
enlightened the participants with a brief testimony.
- The 2000 Houston PREP Class was composed of Hispanic (35.2%), African-American (40.8%), and women
(62.0%) students who are interested in possible engineering and science professions. The overall
Houston PREP population was 89.2% minority and female students.
- The 2000 Houston PREP follow up survey of former PREP Scholars showe a 99.7% high school graduation rate.
The survey results showed 80.5% are college students. Of these, 83% are minority or female; 48.5% are science
and technology majors. Also, of the college graduates, 83% are minority or female; 53.2% were science
and technology majors.
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