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SPACE STATION CREW BRINGS SCIENCE DOWN TO EARTH



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington              July 29, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Jonas Dino
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
(Phone: 650/604-5612/9000)

RELEASE: 03-252

SPACE STATION CREW BRINGS SCIENCE DOWN TO EARTH

     The crew of the International Space Station will give 
educators a boost during a professional development workshop 
for the NASA Explorer Schools program.

A conversation with the Space Station crew is one of the 
highlights for 25 teachers and administrators from five NASA 
Explorer Schools Thursday, July 31 from 2:50 to 3:10 p.m. 
EDT. NASA astronaut Ed Lu and Russian cosmonaut Yuri 
Malenchenko will chat with educators at the Ames Research 
Center (ARC), Moffett Field, Calif. Educators are 
participating in a five-day Explorer Schools workshop 
focusing on how NASA can work with institutions to develop 
unique and compelling material to use in the classroom. 

"We are extremely excited to introduce the agency's finest 
engineers and scientists to the NASA Explorer Schools. It is 
our intention these competitively selected schools become 
examples of how education may be empowered throughout the 
United States," said Mark Leon, Deputy Director of Education 
at ARC. 

The five schools participating in the ARC session are: 
Chapman School, Sheridan, Ore.; Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle 
School, Lihue, Hawaii; Jim Bridger Middle School, Las Vegas; 
Poplar Middle School, Poplar, Mont., and Waimea Middle 
School, Kamuela, Hawaii. They are among the 50 middle 
schools selected in the program's pilot year. Explorer 
Schools teams attending the workshop at NASA's Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. also 
submitted questions for the Station crew and will view the 
downlink remotely.

The goal of the NASA Explorer Schools program is to address 
the nation's needs in mathematics, science and technology 
for grades four through nine. During a three-year 
partnership, NASA will work with each school to incorporate 
the agency's cutting-edge research and unique missions to 
inspire students.

Teachers and administrators will have access to additional 
professional development, grants, NASA researchers and 
scientists. In addition, aerospace education specialists 
will periodically visit each NASA Explorer Schools team to 
give inspirational talks and demonstrations.

"As NASA Aerospace Education Specialists we are able to 
bring math and science to students and teachers on a 
personal level. Our reward is seeing their smiles and 
watching their eyes light up with understanding," said 
Thomas Gates, NASA Aerospace Education Specialist. The NASA 
Aerospace Education Specialist program has helped inspire 
the next generation of explorers for more than 40 years.

The NASA Explorer Schools program is sponsored and 
implemented by NASA through a cooperative agreement with the 
National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, Va. NASA 
begins recruiting for the 2004 NASA Explorer Schools Program 
on September 1.

The International Space Station event, provided via NASA 
downlink, is one in a series for  education organizations 
across the country and abroad. The events are integral 
components of NASA's Teaching From Space Program. The 
Teaching From Space Program, managed from the Johnson Space 
Center in Houston, enables educational opportunities using 
the unique environment of human space flight. 

The downlink will be carried live on NASA TV, which is 
available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 
degrees west longitude. Polarization is vertical. The 
frequency is 3880.0 MHz, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

For information about NASA education programs visit:

http://education.nasa.gov

For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program 
visit:

http://explorerschools.nasa.gov

For information about NASA's Teaching From Space Program 
visit:

http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/Educators/tfsp.htm


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