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Ruth Marlaire
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-4709/9000

August 8, 2006
NASA Collaborates with Navajo Nation on Science Education
WHAT: Reporters are invited to attend a seminar that will bring together NASA and Navajo educators to share information and resources, discuss issues, and network toward future collaborations. Educators and outreach personnel will attend this event in Window Rock, Ariz., Aug. 10-11, 2006. The NASA and the Navajo Nation project worked to create educational materials that weave together NASA astrobiology, science and Navajo knowledge. This seminar represents the capstone event of that project, and focuses on building sustainable relationships between the education communities of NASA and the Navajo Nation to support Navajo youth in their scientific educational pursuits while promoting cultural identities.

WHEN: Reporters are invited Aug. 10, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. MDT; Aug. 11, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. MDT

WHERE: Window Rock, Ariz., the capital of the Navajo Nation.

WHO: The "NASA and the Navajo Nation" project is led by the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The primary point of contact is Daniella Scalice, education and public outreach coordinator at the NAI. Collaborators on the project include NAI‚s teams at UCLA and the University of Arizona, the Arizona State University Mars Education Program, and ArtReach, International. Educators from across NASA will be in attendance, including representatives from NASA‚s Kepler, SOFIA, Discovery, and New Frontiers missions, and from NASA‚s Explorer Schools program. Many from the Navajo education community will be in attendance, from teachers to government officials, to college faculty. For further information, please contact Daniella Scalice at (831) 247-6728, or Ruth Marlaire at (650) 604-4709 or by e-mail at

The NASA Astrobiology Institute, founded in 1997, is a partnership between NASA, 12 major U.S. teams, and six international consortia. NAI's goal is to promote, conduct and lead integrated multi-disciplinary astrobiology research and to train a new generation of astrobiology researchers.

WHY: "NASA and the Navajo Nation" is a pilot project that evolved from a 2004 NASA Explorer Institute focus group that recognized the importance of educating Navajo youth while supporting cultural identity. As a result, NASA and the Navajo Nation project collaborators developed K-12 informal educational materials that combined NASA astrobiology, science and Navajo knowledge. The materials will be formally presented to the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Tribal Council during the seminar.


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