Chicago's Fenger Academy has become the first high school in the nation to house a NASA-backed program called the Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA).


The academy, which is intended to expose disadvantaged students to cutting-edge technologies, features a high-tech aeronautics education laboratory complete with nine computerized workstations, where students can learn about satellite global positioning, remote sensing, amateur radio, and aircraft design.


Seven other SEMAA programs exist across the country, reaching thousands of children and their families in cities such as St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, and Atlanta. But those programs are all located on the campuses of community colleges...

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