National Science Teachers Association,
|March 6, 2003
Science teachers across the Nation overwhelmingly believe educators
belong on future NASA Space Shuttle missions, according to an email-based
survey conducted by the world's largest science teacher's organization
following the Columbia tragedy.
The survey, conducted by the National Science Teachers Association
(NSTA) February 10-14, indicates more than 91 percent believe teachers
should have a place aboard future Space Shuttle missions, and the
endeavor has great educational value. Science teachers also believe
Educator Astronauts could spark student interest in science and
mathematics careers. Science teachers also strongly believe Educator
Astronauts can serve as role models to instill in students an understanding
of how science and mathematics are applicable in the real world.
Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan, Educator Astronaut Program Co-Managers,
Leland Melvin and Debbie Brown, will be attending the NSTA Convention
in Philadelphia March 27-30, 2003 to encourage teachers to apply
to become permanent members of the Astronaut Corps.
Morgan and Brown will speak at a Special Feature Presentation March
29 at 8 a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Morgan will
be the guest lecturer at the Aerospace Educators Luncheon from noon
to 2 p.m. EST, also in the convention center. Media desiring to
attend the luncheon should call 703/312-9371 for press credentials.
The Educator Astronaut Program has received more than 5,300 nominations
since the program debuted on January 21. Texas leads with 831, followed
by Florida with 482, and California with 416.
The application deadline is quickly approaching. Nominations and
applications for NASA's Educator Astronaut Program are due by April
Information about the National Science Teachers Association survey
is available at:
Information about the National Science Teachers Association National
Convention is available at:
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: http://www.nasa.gov.
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