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Rachel Prucey
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

May 2, 2008
San Jose Students Build Underwater Rovers with NASA Scientists
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- Students, teachers, NASA scientists and Santa Clara University researchers will put their heads together on Friday, May 2, 2008, to design, build and test remote-controlled underwater rovers at Ruskin Elementary School, San Jose, Calif.

As they build their simple submarines, using plastic pipes and tiny pumps, students will apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a real-world situation. This fun learning activity is designed to give more than 80 third graders an opportunity to experience hands-on science and is part of a joint project between NASA, Santa Clara University and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks called the Robotic Exploration Technologies IN Astrobiology (RETINA).

WHO: Carl Pilcher, director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., Ruskin Elementary School teachers and more than 80 third-grade students and staffers from U.S. Rep. Mike Honda’s office.

WHAT: An opportunity to observe elementary students, teachers, NASA scientists and Santa Clara University researchers design, build and test simple underwater rovers.

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2008
9:30 a.m. PDT: Students build and test underwater rovers
10 a.m. PDT: News conference

WHERE: Ruskin Elementary School, 1401 Turlock Lane, San Jose, Calif.

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