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Jonas Dino                                                                                            July 23, 2004
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-5612 or 650/604-9000
E-mail: Jonas.Dino@nasa.gov


Note to Editors: 04-71AR

TEACHERS ARMED WITH NEW KNOWLEDGE AFTER VISITING NASA

On Saturday, July 24, 2004, Marina Aguila and Ayana Gabriel will head home with a treasure chest of new material to inspire their students to continue their education in math, science and technology.

Aguila and Gabriel, both teachers at Ralph Bunche Middle School in Atlanta, Ga., are members of the NASA's Explorer Schools (NES) program. The NES team members from 11 states participated in a weeklong workshop at NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley focusing on NASA's research efforts in Astrobiology. This growing area of study is the fusion of Earth, life and space science and concentrates on some of life's most fundamental questions. How did life begin? Are we alone in the universe? And, what is the destiny of life on Earth?

During the workshop, the teachers accessed NASA's wealth of educational and scientific resources, including leading scientists in the fields of astrophysics, planetary geology, and space exploration. Teachers also evaluated new educational products developed for the NES program, shared best practices and reflected on their first year as a NASA Explorer School.

For images related to the NASA Explorer School workshop, visit:

http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov/releases/2004/nesastro/nesastro.html

For more information about the NASA Explorer Schools program, visit:

http://new.nasa.gov

For more information about NASA's Astrobiology research, visit:

http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/ and http://nai.arc.nasa.gov/

For more information about NASA's initiatives in education, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov

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