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NASA Wins Emmy Award
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Release: 03-044
July 15, 2003

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

NASA Wins Emmy Award

Filmed here in Cleveland, the NASA CONNECT program, "Measurement, Ratios, and Graphing: Who Added the "Micro" to Gravity," was recently awarded a 2003 Emmy Award. Falling in the Children/Youth Program category, the award is the seventh Emmy for NASA CONNECT and was recently announced by The Cleveland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

This episode featured Dr. Sandra Olson of NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, highlighting microgravity research in the area of spacecraft fire safety. "The NASA Connect team was great to work with, and it was an honor being part of this show. Being nominated for an Emmy was a complete surprise," Olson said. Filming of the show took place at Glenn's Zero Gravity Facility, an operational National Historic Landmark.

In the program, students learn about microgravity. They are introduced to combustion science and the importance of fire safety on the International Space Station. Students also learn about the important role chemistry plays in microgravity research and observe NASA engineers and scientists using measurement, ratios, and graphing to analyze data. Students also conduct a hands-on activity and a Web activity that reinforce the program's instructional objectives and establish a connection between the NASA research featured in the program and the mathematics, science, and technology used in the classroom.

Along with Olson, Dr. Roger Crouch, Chief Scientist for the International Space Station, and Dr. John Pojman, Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi were featured in the program in addition to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. and NASA Headquarters.

NASA CONNECT is an annual series of integrated mathematics, science, and technology instructional distance learning programs for students in grades 6-8. Each program has three components: (1) a 30-minute television broadcast, which can be viewed live or taped for later use; (2) an interactive web activity which provides educators an opportunity to use technology in the classroom setting; and (3) a lesson guide describing a hands-on activity. These three components -- television broadcast, web activity, and lesson guide -- are designed as an integrated instructional package and are provided free of charge over the Internet.

Program partners include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Northside Middle School, Norfolk, Va, and Riverdeep Learning, Cambridge, Mass. About 175,000 educators in 50 states representing 6.8 million students are registered users of NASA CONNECT.

More information is available from the NASA CONNECT Web site at