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Fifty teachers will spend a day this week exploring the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., as part of a larger educational program funded through the California Department of Education.
The fourth through sixth-grade teachers were selected from the Palmdale, Eastside Union, Keppel Union and Wilsona Elementary school districts with the goal of improving scores in mathematics and science.
"Grades four through eight are the focus of this grant program because students traditionally lose interest in mathematics and science at these grade levels," said David Murphy, California State University Bakersfield - Antelope Valley Campus and principal investigator for the Antelope Valley Math and Science Partnership grant.
"Thanks to the commitment of these teachers, more Antelope Valley students will take part in relevant hands-on applications of math and science," stated Michelle Davis, Dryden's pre-college officer.
The teachers, split into two groups, will tour Dryden's facilities and aircraft on either Wednesday or Thursday morning. The afternoons will be spent immersed in an aviation workshop with a math and science focus. The day at Dryden is part of a two-week professional development workshop held at the Lancaster University Center. The NASA-funded Arizona State University Mars Exploration program will support the second week of the workshop.
In addition to the two-week workshop designed to increases content knowledge, the teachers will meet monthly during the fall to discuss teaching methods. Next spring each teacher will become a classroom mentor for five fellow teachers. During the summer of 2006, the original teachers and those mentored will attend a week-long, follow-up workshop.
Partners in this grant work are NASA, California Department of Education, Antelope Valley College, California State University Bakersfield - Antelope Valley, and Texas Instruments.
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