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Sharei Mousseaux
Arapaho School, Arapaho, Wyo.

May 22, 2007
Arapaho School Joins the NASA Explorer Schools Family
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.- NASA has selected Arapaho School, Arapaho, Wyo., to join NASA's Explorer Schools (NES) Program, a three-year partnership that uses the agency's unique missions to inspire students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography.

The school will officially begin the program at the beginning of the 2007-08 school year. NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will administer the partnership and help launch the program with presentations when school begins. The school is one of 25 school teams selected for 2007.

”This program enables schools and their communities to partner with NASA to develop the nation's future science, technology, engineering and mathematics work force,” said NES Program Manager Rob Lasalvia. “It is today's students who will help make the nation's vision of sending humans back to the moon, then on to Mars and beyond a reality," he added.

"Arapahoe School is very excited to be given the opportunity to receive the NASA Explorer Schools grant. We know our children here at Arapahoe School will be looking forward to all the wonderful learning activities that will be provided by NES and the family activities that are a part of the program," said Sharei Mousseaux, Arapaho School principal. "The windows of exploration in the areas of math, science, and technology are amazing. This will allow our student’s the opportunity to be engaged in many facets of space exploration and all areas that encompass this program. This is a unique and awesome opportunity on the Wind River Reservation and for the Arapahoe Tribe."

In preparation for the partnership, a team of educators and administrators from Arapaho School will attend an all-expenses-paid, one-week professional development workshop July 16-20, 2007 at NASA Ames. The school team will develop a strategic plan to address its students' needs in mathematics, science and technology education. Schools also may apply for technology grants of up to $17,500 over the three-year period to help implement their plans.

The NASA Explorer School Program began in 2003 in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association and targets schools in grades 4-9. There are now 200 teams in the program, representing 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Arapaho School joins Johnson Junior High, selected for the program in 2005, as the only NASA Explorer Schools in Wyoming.

This program continues NASA's tradition of investing in the nation's education programs. It is directly tied to the agency's major education goal of attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. To compete effectively for the minds, imaginations and career ambitions of America's young people, NASA is focused on engaging and retaining students in STEM education programs to encourage their pursuit of educational disciplines critical to NASA's future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

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