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Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office

March 31, 2006
NASA Shares Vision with Warrensville Heights Students
NASA kicks off the newly established NASA Explorer Schools partnership with Warrensville Heights Middle School, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, next week with presentations by an astronaut and representatives from the Glenn Research Center.

What:    Student Assembly
When:    1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4
Who:     Astronaut Michael J. Bloomfield
              Glenn Research Center Associate Director Robert E. Fails
Where:   Warrensville Heights Middle School
              4285 Warrensville Road, Warrensville Heights

Astronaut Michael J. Bloomfield joins NASA Glenn Research Center Associate Director Robert E. Fails for a presentation on careers in mathematics and science, which will be in demand as NASA returns to the moon and travels to Mars. Bloomfield has flown on three space shuttle missions.

A media opportunity will be held at the school immediately following the assembly program. Media interested in arranging interviews with Bloomfield or Fails should contact Sallie Keith at 216-433-5795 or 216-308-0801 (cell).

In addition to the school program, students can take a cross-country flight or a trip to the International Space Station in NASA's Mobile Aerospace Education Laboratory (MAEL). The MAEL, operated by Glenn Research Center, will be at the school from Monday April 3 through Thursday April 6. During its stay at Warrensville Heights Middle School, classes will participate in the laboratory experience. On Tuesday evening the community is invited to participate.

The MAEL is a state-of-the-art classroom housed in a 53-foot trailer. The lab was designed primarily to excite students in grades 5 and higher about science and mathematics. It houses several unique workstations that allow visitors to explore technology through activities that model real world challenges in aerospace. Since 1996, the lab has traveled almost 100,000 miles and visited 178 events in 121 cities and 40 states.

Warrensville Heights Middle School was named a NASA Explorer School in the spring of 2005. The NASA Explorer School program is a three-year partnership 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.

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

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