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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Kath Conver
Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.
(Phone: 309/677-2242)

June 10, 2003
 
RELEASE : 03-195
 
 
Students & Teachers Talk To Space Station Crew
 
 
Students from summer programs in three Illinois counties will join special guests at Bradley University in Peoria for an interactive educational discussion with the International Space Station's Expedition 7 crew.

The live event, Thursday, June 12, from 1:55 - 2:15 p.m. EDT, will be broadcast on NASA Television and simulcast on the Internet. The event is part of the Bradley Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth's summer exploratory program, an initiative in its 20th year.

The in-flight educational program will offer a diverse group of 1,000 elementary and middle school students the opportunity to learn more about the U.S. space program. "We expect this live broadcast event to be inspiring for all participating, especially the students," said Debbie Brown Biggs, Team Lead for NASA's Teaching from Space Program (TSP). "We hope it may spark the imagination of the future researchers, astronauts and science teachers among them, " she said.

Throughout the four-week program students and educators will study space exploration, while paying special attention to state educational goals. Both university pre-service and practicing classroom teachers will have the opportunity to engage in special professional development activities focused on space science education.

The Gifted and Talented Youth Program, hosted by the Bradley University College of Education and Health Sciences, impacts a broad spectrum of educators and students by introducing new resources for learning and teaching about space and its related subjects.

The International Space Station live program, provided via NASA downlink, is one of many educational opportunities available to organizations across the country. TSP, managed from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, provides education opportunities using the unique environment of human space flight. The program builds partnerships with education communities to create unique learning opportunities through the use of NASA and educational technologies.

NASA TV is broadcast on AMC-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.

For information about NASA, human space flight, the International Space Station, and to view the Web cast on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

For information about the summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth, visit:

http://www.bradley.edu/academics/ehs/centers/giftedcenter.html

For information about NASA education programs on the Internet, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov

 

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