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Amber Marek                                                                                                        October 12, 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

KSC Release: 77-04

NASA Astronaut Announces "Space Challenge"

On Oct. 13, from 12 - 1 pm EDT, NASA Astronaut Patrick G. Forrester, NASA Chief Education Officer Dr. Adena Williams Loston and Paul McFall, president, Pearson Scott Foresman publishing company, will announce an out-of-this-world alliance between NASA and Pearson Scott Foresman, publisher of preK-6 educational books.

Forrester, Dr. Loston and Mr. McFall will demonstrate the "Science in Space Challenge," a first of its kind venture with NASA and Pearson providing U.S. students and teachers the opportunity to propose a science and technology investigation. Two classrooms will get a chance to see astronauts conduct their science projects in space.

The "Science in Space Challenge" is part of an ongoing partnership through which NASA and Pearson Scott Foresman seek to spark students' imaginations, encourage interest in space exploration, and enhance elementary and secondary science curricula throughout the U.S.

The announcement will take place at the Florida Science Supervisors and Florida Department of Education's luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel (near Universal Studios), Seminole A room, located at 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, Fla. Media are invited to attend. Those interested in interviews with the speakers will have opportunities following the announcement.


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