NASA MULTIMEDIA SERIES SET TO INSPIRE HISPANIC YOUTH
Hoping to enhance the future U.S. scientific work force, NASA is
launching Noticiencias NASA, a new program under the agency's
Hispanic Education Initiative.
Noticiencias NASA features Hispanic children
enthusiastically explaining science, technology, engineering,
mathematics and NASA facts to other kids in an entertaining and
Designed for students in grades K-5, Noticiencias NASA is
a Spanish-language, research-inquiry, standards-based, and
technology-focused educational program. Noticiencias NASA
uses the Internet, animation and video. It will introduce a rising
population of young Hispanics to the world of science, technology,
engineering, mathematics, NASA missions and research.
According to the U.S. Department of Educatin National Center for
Education Statistics, Hispanics are the fastest growing sector of
the school-age population, the work force of tomorrow. It is
projected in 25 years; one in every four children in U.S.
elementary schools will be Hispanic.
Noticiencias NASA features Hispanic students explaining
science, technology, engineering, mathematics and NASA facts to
other children in an entertaining and instructional format. The
one-minute video programs explain everyday phenomena, correct
misconceptions, and answer frequently asked questions about the
Earth and space. The program also uses animated characters (for
grades K-2). The coordinating Web site offers detailed written
explanations, hands-on activities, resources and computer-graded
Topics range from, "Why do astronauts float in space?" and, "Did
you know NASA's Odyssey spacecraft found water ice under the
surface of Mars?" to "What is nanotechnology?" and "How does the
"It is our hope these programs will inspire kids to pursue
careers in the engineering and science fields," said Ivelisse
Gilman, manager of the Hispanic Education Initiative at NASA's
Langley Research Center (LaRC), Hampton, Va. The Hispanic Education
Initiative is an outreach effort designed to address the serious
shortage of Hispanic men and women in these fields. "We are
striving to bolster students' learning potential as well as address
a critical aspect of maintaining leadership in science and
engineering in the 21st century," Gilman added.
Noticiencias NASA is sponsored by NASA's Office of Biology
& Physical Research (OBPR) and produced by LaRC for Distance
Learning. According to Bonnie McClain, OBPR chief of education,
statistics indicate participation by Hispanics in the scientific
labor force continues to trail behind other ethnic groups. Hispanic
students take fewer mathematics, science, and technology courses.
OBPR is pleased to support this programming, designed to pique the
interest of young people, motivate them to find out more about
science, math, and technology, and to help overcome lack of
participation by Hispanic students.
LaRC for Distance Learning produces five award-winning,
educational programs in English and Spanish: NASA's Kids Science
News Network, NASA SCI Files, NASA CONNECT, NASA
LIVE and NASA's Destination Tomorrow.
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