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Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

Dilila Bigio
University of Turabo, Puerto Rico
(Phone: 787/743-7979)

April 3, 2003
 
RELEASE : 03-131
 
 
Educator Astronaut Report Card: NASA Brings Learning in a Whole New Light to Puerto Rico
 
 
NASA officials and astronaut Leland Melvin will visit several schools and universities in Puerto Rico April 7-10. They will encourage students in their pursuit of higher education and provide educators with unique resources to create learning activities and opportunities.

As part of NASA’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of explorers, the visit is part of Science, Engineering and Technology Week sponsored by the Universidad del Turabo. The purpose is to give hundreds of teachers and students the opportunity to engage in the experience of space flight, gain a better understanding of NASA’s education programs, and aerospace career opportunities. NASA representatives will also visit University of Puerto Rico campuses at Aguadilla and Mayaguez.

Teachers and students will attend educational and career workshops, launch model rockets, and listen to inspiring presentations to help stimulate interest in science, math and technology education through the excitement of space exploration.

Participants will also learn first-hand about NASA’s Educator Astronaut Program (EAP), an out-of-this-world opportunity for teachers to become permanent members of NASA’s Astronaut Corps. Unveiled in January, the EAP is part of NASA's effort to connect space exploration with the classroom. Teachers who want the opportunity to join the Educator Astronaut Program may apply using the Educator Astronaut Web site at: http://edspace.nasa.gov

The application deadline is April 30, 2003. Educators with questions about the program, or who do not have access to the Internet, can call (877/332-7876) toll-free. The program has already received more than 6,800 teacher nominations.

Students, educators, parents, and anyone interested in participating in the EAP can nominate a teacher, and also join the Educator Astronaut "Earth Crew." The Earth Crew is a Web-based interactive initiative linking audiences with education activities and programs, astronaut profiles, living and working in space, and basic information about NASA.

Science, Engineering and Technology Week activities:
Monday, April 7
8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. EST (University of Turabo)
1 p.m.- 3 p.m. EST (University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Cayey)
  • Science and Math Educator's Day
  • Speakers, presentations, workshops Tuesday, April 8 (University of Turabo)
    8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. EST
  • Math Olympiad Competition
  • School visits, workshops, computer demonstrations

    EAP Visits:
    8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. EST (Ramey School)
    10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EST (University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla)
    1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST (University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez)

    Wednesday, April 9 (University Of Turabo)
    8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. EST
  • NASA Pre-college Programs presentation
  • Sowing seeds in Science, Engineering and Technology
  • High school students solar boat, plane, rocket and car demonstrations
    Thursday, April 10 (University of Turabo)
    8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • NASA Educational Day with model presentations, engineering demonstrations
  • Math “blast” activity

    For more information about other NASA education initiatives on the Internet, visit:
    http://education.nasa.gov/

    For more information about NASA, on the Internet visit:
    http://www.nasa.gov
     

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