|February 27, 2003|
RELEASE: 03-083Ciara from the Coebourne Elementary School in Brookhaven, Penn. drew this picture in response to the Columbia tragedy. Thank you Ciara for sharing your art.
NASA's partners and friends at Challenger Learning Centers and
the California Department of Education have nurtured and engaged
students for years, and they are currently helping students and
teachers cope with the Columbia tragedy by providing helpful resources.
Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's Associate Administrator for
Education, said, "The Challenger families took on the goal
and responsibility for motivating students to continue their quest
and desire to forge ahead in space exploration 17 years ago. Since
the Columbia mishap, the Challenger Centers have once again proven
their resounding and undaunted strength by providing web-based resources
for talking with children about the tragedy. They have also posted
a letter to the children of the Columbia crew written by Kathie
Scobee Fulgham, daughter of Dick Scobee, the Commander of the Space
Shuttle Challenger." "The California Department of Education
sent us a kind letter of encouragement and has also offered resources
in crisis counseling," she said.
The Educator Astronaut Program has received more than 2,200
nominations since the Columbia accident, and more than 4,900
total nominations since the program debuted on January 21,
The letter addressed to the children of the Columbia astronauts, written by Kathie Scobee Fulgham and the children of the Challenger crew, is posted on the Internet at:
Resources for talking with children about the tragedy are on the California Department of Education Web site and the Challenger Center Web site:
To learn more about the Educator Astronaut Program and other NASA
education activities on the Internet visit: http://edspace.nasa.gov
For more information about NASA on the Internet:
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