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Another McKinney Vision Realized

June 26, 2000

Washington, DC - Representative Cynthia A. McKinney (D-GA), witnessed another one of her visions become reality today as the Fernbank Science Center's new Aeronautics Education Laboratory had its grand opening.

McKinney orchestrated a partnership with NASA and provided for appropriations for the new facility. It will offer hands-on activities for grades K-12, and teach math and science through experiments and activities in space exploration, astronomy, and aeronautics. Some of the activities will include simulated airplane flights and trips into space.

McKinney always urges students, especially minorities, to look at the numerous possibilities and options that science and math has to offer today's students.

"When I was your age," McKinney told the group of young students in the audience, "there weren't programs like this that girls felt comfortable participating in. Today is a different story and our astronaut guest shows you that. Today there's a world of opportunity out there for each of you, just believe in yourself."

There were students there from all over the 4th District, including Gwinnett County. Also in attendance was Joan E. Higginbotham, a woman astronaut, who just became qualified for Space Shuttle flight assignment as a mission specialist.

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