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Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office
November 2, 2005
RELEASE : 05-047
NASA Brings Aerospace Education Experience to Students in West Virginia
Students at Mount View Middle School, Welch, WV, a NASA Explorer School, can take a cross-country flight or a trip to the International Space Station this week while NASA's Mobile Aerospace Education Laboratory (MAEL) is in town. This visit marks the first trip of the lab to West Virginia.

"It is always an incredible experience to participate in inspiring the next generation of explorers," said John Hairston, Director of External Programs at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland. "We hope that this opportunity engages students and sparks their interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

The MAEL, operated by NASA's Glenn Research Center, will be located at the school, 950 Mount View Road, through November 3.

During its stay at Mount View Middle School a dozen classes are scheduled to participate in the laboratory experience. In addition, a number of community outreach programs are planned.

The MAEL is a state-of-the-art classroom housed in a 53-foot trailer. The lab was designed primarily to excite children in grades 5 and up about science and mathematics. It houses several unique workstations that allow visitors to explore technology through "hands-on/minds-on" activities that model real world challenges in aerospace.

Since it became operational in 1996, the lab has traveled almost 100,000 miles, attending 178 events in 121 cities and 40 states. The MAEL trailer and programs were originally developed through a partnership between Cuyahoga Community College and NASA Glenn Research Center.

For more information about the MAEL program on the Internet, visit:

For more information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program on the Internet, visit:


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