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October 23, 2006
NASA Shares Vision for Space Exploration with Pearl City Students
Educator astronaut Joseph Acaba and Jack Boyd, a NASA senior official, will visit Pearl City Elementary School on Oct. 26, 2006, to share NASA’s future exploration goals and their excitement about the future of space exploration.
Both will participate in a ‘launch’ event celebrating the selection of Pearl City Elementary School as a NASA Explorer School (NES). Pearl City was selected for the program in May 2006 and began the program this fall.
Acaba and Boyd will participate in activities designed to excite students about the Vision for Space Exploration and their roles as the next generation of explorers. The event starts with a student assembly, where Acaba and Boyd will discuss how the students can participate in the Vision by pursuing studies in math, science and technology and careers in aeronautics and space. After the assembly, students will break into smaller groups where Acaba and Boyd will work with them in a series of classroom activities.
What: NASA Explorer School ‘Launch’ Event
When: Student Assembly: 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Student Activities: 9:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Who: Educator astronaut Joseph Acaba and Jack Boyd, senior advisor to the center director at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Where: 1090 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782 93257
News media interested in attending or interviewing Acaba and Boyd should contact Jonas Dino at 650-207-3280 or 650-604-5612. Visitors are required to sign in at the school’s main office to enter the campus.
After a rigorous selection process, NASA named Acaba as an educator astronaut in 2004. Born and raised in southern California, Acaba earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of California-Santa Barbara and later earned a master’s degree in geology from the University of Arizona. He has one year of high school teaching experience at Melbourne High School and four years of middle school experience as a math and science teacher at Dunnellon Middle School in Florida. Acaba completed astronaut candidate training in February 2006.
Boyd serves as the senior advisor to the center director at NASA Ames as well as the senior advisor for history and as the center ombudsman. After earning a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, Boyd began his career at Ames in 1947, before NASA’s formation, conducting groundbreaking aeronautics research. When NASA was established, Boyd began work on planetary probes to Venus and Mars and helped develop early configurations of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules. His highly decorated service includes deputy director of Dryden Flight Research Center, deputy and associate director of Ames Research Center and associate administrator for management at NASA Headquarters.
The NASA Explorer School program is a three-year partnership, sponsored by NASA, to help educators and students join NASA’s mission of discovery through educational activities and special learning opportunities tailored to promote science, mathematics and technology applications and career explorations.
During the partnership, students in the NES program participate in digital conferences with scientists and engineers at NASA. Educators also take the hands-on activities to their students to provide exciting learning experiences in the science, mathematics and technology fields.
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