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For Release: July 24, 1995

Catherine Watson
Phone: 804/864-6122

Shelley Canright
Phone: 804/864-3313

Release No. 95-73


Scoti Bolding, a fifth grade teacher at Oaklandon Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana, recently completed a 10-day honors workshop for elementary school teachers at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., sponsored by NASA and the National Science Teachers Association, in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the International Technology Educational Association.

Bolding successfully competed with hundreds of other educators for one of 23 spots in the NASA Educational Workshop for Elementary School Teachers (NEWEST) at NASA Langley. Nearly 100 other elementary educators attended similar workshops at one of four other NASA centers across the nation.

"My goal is to return home and start writing plans for next school year," said Bolding. "I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned with teachers back in Indiana."

The NEWEST program was designed in the wake of a national study that indicates if students have not developed an interest in math or science by the third grade, their chances of doing so decrease over time. NEWEST was created to encourage students' enthusiasm for math, science, and technology by engaging their teachers in an exciting program that can be easily transferred across the elementary curriculum.

The NEWEST program is a unique combination of scientific and technological information and hands-on experience. During the two weeks, the teachers learned about cutting-edge NASA projects, visited NASA facilities, attended seminars by NASA researchers, engineers and technicians, and studied topics ranging from aeronautics to interplanetary exploration. A portion of the program was devoted to NEWEST Sharing, in which teachers shared ideas and strategies for translating their experiences into invaluable classroom materials.

Educators are now encouraged to spread their knowledge beyond the classroom to other educators and to their community, yielding a heightened awareness of the importance of a strong math, science, and technology base in our increasingly technological world.

Bolding has attended many educational conferences. Of her NEWEST experience, she commented, " This was the first time I have had the opportunity to write an integrated unit as part of a team of teachers. It was great to work with such terrific people."

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