Sandra Nagy

Media Relations Office

April 28, 2011
RELEASE : 11-023
NASA Selects Educators to Participate in Summer Research Program
CLEVELAND -- NASA has selected sixty-three teachers, who are currently in the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project, to participate in summer research experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and professional development opportunities, beginning in July.

The STEM content knowledge that the teachers gain through these summer experiences and opportunities will be applied throughout the coming school year with their students. The teachers, from twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, were selected based on their innovative ideas and demonstrated use of NASA STEM content in the NES project.

"As a student, I valued and appreciated teachers who nurtured my dreams for space exploration," said veteran astronaut Mike Foreman. "NASA is pleased to select these teachers for the summer experiences, because we know they will have a critical role in developing our future leaders in science and technology." Foreman currently serves as chief of the External Programs Division at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Glenn is the lead center for the agency's NES project.

For a list of the individuals selected and the schools they represent, visit:

In addition to their all-expenses-paid summer training, held at various locations across the country based on a given topic, NES provides teachers with educational tools such as "NASA Now Events," a weekly web-based video feature that gives students a front-row seat to many of NASA's special activities and introduces them to some of NASA's subject matter experts in the fields of science, research and engineering.

NES, NASA's classroom-based gateway for students in grades four through 12, provides unique learning experiences that link STEM topics to real-world NASA missions, projects, research and careers. NES commits to identifying educational best practices and recognizes educators who use NASA STEM content in creative ways.

Since the launch of the new model for NES in September 2010, more than 1,300 teachers and administrators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain and Turkmenistan have engaged their students in NASA STEM content.

To visit the Virtual Campus and learn more about NES, go to:

For more information about NASA's education programs, visit:

For more information about Glenn, visit:


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