For release: 07/17/03
Release #: 03-121
High school teachers from across the country hope their visit to the Marshall Center this week will help launch new ideas about using rocketry in their classroom curriculum. The 20 teachers are participating in NASA's Student Launch Initiative Rocketry Workshop through Friday.
High school teachers from across the country hope their visit to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., this week will help launch new ideas about using rocketry in their classroom curriculum.
The 20 teachers are participating in NASA's Student Launch Initiative Rocketry Workshop at the Marshall Center July 17-18.
The Student Launch Initiative, an educational program based at the Marshall Center, seeks to motivate students to pursue careers in science, math and engineering. It lets teams of high school students experience hands-on, practical aerospace and engineering projects similar to what they would find in a professional environment.
Workshop participants include teacher-sponsors from the top 25 teams in the Team America Rocketry Challenge, held in The Plains, Va., in May 2003. During the competition, 101 high school student teams from 36 states and the District of Columbia designed, built and tested model rockets that could soar to an target altitude of 1,500 feet, carrying a payload - cargo carried inside the rocket - of two fresh eggs.
During the two-day rocketry workshop, teachers will learn more rocketry from NASA engineers and historians. Educators will attend lectures about the Marshall Center's historic role in space rocketry and propulsion, its role in supporting current space flight technology
research, and NASA's plans for the future of space propulsion and travel. Other events include tours of Marshall facilities, a question-and-answers session with Marshall Center Director David King, and a reception with Huntsville author Homer Hickam, who penned the rocketry-themed 1999 bestseller "Rocket Boys," and Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, a member of Dr. Wernher Von Braun's original German rocket team.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to host such a diverse group of teachers," said Jim Pruitt, manager of the Marshall Education Programs Department. "The workshop will allow educators to brainstorm about ways to better serve their students. We hope the lessons learned will help students recognize the importance of math and science in their educational careers."
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