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May 11, 2007

Dryden Flight Research Center
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Beth Hagenauer
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 661-276-7960

Fillmore and North Hills Schools Join Unique Partnership with NASA

Schools in Fillmore and North Hills have been selected to begin a special three-year partnership with NASA. NASA announced May 11 the partnership with San Cayetano Elementary School, 514 Mountain View, Fillmore, and Vintage Math, Science and Technology Magnet School, 15848 Stare St., North Hills. They are among 25 school teams nationwide named as new NASA Explorer Schools (NES). The goal of the program is to use NASA's missions to inspire student learning in science, technology, engineering, math and geography.

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, located on Edwards Air Force Base, will administer the NES partnership with San Cayetano and Vintage Schools. NASA representatives will help kick off the program with presentations at the school during the coming school year.

"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."

To begin the formal partnership, a team of educators and administrators from San Cayetano and Vintage elementary schools will attend an all-expense-paid, one-week professional development workshop July 8 - 13 at NASA Dryden. The schools' teams will develop a strategic plan to address students' needs in math, science and technology education. Both also may apply for technology grants of up to $17,500 over the three-year period to implement their plans.

The NASA Explorer School Program began in 2003 in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association. The program targets schools in grades 4-9. There are now 200 teams representing 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

With this program, NASA continues the agency'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 math, or STEM, disciplines.

For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program, visit: www.explorerschools.nasa.gov


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