UNIVISION PUERTO RICO TO BROADCAST NASA EDUCATIONAL
FUTURE PROGRAMS TO FEATURE PUERTO RICAN CHILDREN
In an effort to inspire the next generation of Hispanic
engineers and scientists, NASA Langley Research Center and
Univision in Puerto Rico have partnered to broadcast Noticiencias
NASA, a series of one-minute video-and web-based programs,
targeted for students in grades 3-5.
Noticiencias NASA features Hispanic
children enthusiastically explaining science,
technology, engineering, mathematics and
NASA facts to other kids in an entertaining
and instructional format.
The educational programs will start airing on Dec. 13 during
their Saturday morning children's programming starting at 8 a.m.
Offered by NASA Langley's Center for Distance Learning, the
programs are designed to turn kids on to the excitement and fun of
science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in the hope that
they will want to pursue careers in those fields.
"Currently, there is a serious shortage of Hispanic men and
women entering the fields of science, mathematics and engineering,"
says Ivelisse Gilman, who manages NASA Langley's Hispanic Education
Initiative. According to Gilman, through this program NASA hopes to
encourage Hispanic children to follow in the steps of Hispanic
engineers and scientists, many of whom are graduates of the
University of Puerto Rico and are making contributions to NASA's
space and aeronautics program.
As part of the partnership, NASA and Univision will produce some
of the programs in Puerto Rico, featuring Puerto Rican children.
NASA will also hold a series of educational mathematics, science
and technology outreach activities involving area teachers and
"We want our youth to begin to experience up-close the
fascinating world of science and mathematics," says Ivelisse
Estrada, vice-president of Corporate and Community Relations for
"The presentation of this material is in a form that is
incredibly enriching and entertaining, so that children can
experience the wonderful opportunities that these two fields open
up to them," says Estrada.
Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language
media company in the United States. Its operations include
Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast
television network in the U.S. reaching 97% of U.S. Hispanic
households; TeleFutura Network, Univision Television Group;
TeleFutura Television Group; Galavisión; Univision Radio;
Univision Music Group; and Univision Online, the premier
Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S.
Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles with
network operations in Miami and television stations and sales
offices in major cities throughout the United States.
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