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Amber Philman
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

RELEASE : 62-06
NASA Awards Grant to Educate Next Generation of Explorers at KSC
NASA recently awarded a grant to the University of Central Florida and the Florida Space Grant Consortium to continue operating the NASA Educator Resource Center and the Exploration Station at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The cooperative agreement aims to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through educational opportunities for students, teachers and faculty at both of these areas, located in the Center for Space Education. The grant is for one year with four year-long extensions.

"KSC maintains its commitment to excellence in education to ensure the next generation of explorers is fully prepared to join our work force," said Steve Dutczak, NASA ERC/ES coordinator.

The Educator Resource Center helps teachers learn about and use NASA's educational resources, providing educators with demonstrations of educational technologies such as NASA educational Web sites and NASA Television. Educators also have the opportunity to preview, copy and receive NASA instructional products.

The Exploration Station offers free educational and fun student programs for school groups, as well as other student organizations. Students participate in a variety of hands-on activities using aerospace hardware that compliments the teaching of rocketry, space flight, space science and space exploration. These programs meet National Curriculum Standards associated with math, science and technology, as well as correlate to the Sunshine State Standards.

Last fiscal year, the programs together served 8,550 educators and 20,000 students, and 16,000 general public participated in these activities.

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