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Emily Sturgill

NASA Goes Back to School at St. Stephen Elementary
ST. STEPHEN, S.C. - On Thursday, Nov. 1, representatives from NASA will spend the day with students and teachers of St. Stephen Elementary. Former astronaut Roger Crouch, NASA Langley Associate Director Cynthia Lee and others will help kick off a newly established educational partnership through the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program.

St. Stephen Elementary was one of only 25 schools in the nation to be selected as a 2007 NASA Explorer School. The partnership between NASA and St. Stephen was formally announced in May.

"The atmosphere of our school is one of anticipation, but it has not really sunk in with our staff and students that we are going to have access to astronauts, scientists and other wonderful types of resources," said Renee Murray, St. Stephen Elementary NASA Explorer School team leader. "Our NES kickoff program will spark a fire of excitement for our staff and students. It will make what the program will do for our school and community a reality."

What: Student Assembly
When: 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
Who: Former astronaut Roger Crouch and NASA Langley Associate Director Cynthia Lee
Where: St. Stephen Elementary School

What: Family Night
When: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
Who: Former astronaut Roger Crouch and NASA Langley Associate Director Cynthia Lee
Where: St. Stephen Elementary School

Media interested in covering the events or arranging interviews with Roger Crouch and Cynthia Lee should contact Emily Sturgill at 804-647-7668 or James Carraway at 843-567-2813 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Crouch spent over 470 hours in space as a payload specialist on shuttle missions STS-83 and STS-94, and worked at NASA for over 40 years as a lead scientist for many projects. He was the senior scientist for the International Space Station from 2000-2004, the senior scientist for the Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences at NASA Headquarters from 1998-2000, the lead scientist of the Microgravity Space and Applications Division from 1985-1996 and a group leader and researcher at NASA Langley Research Center from 1962-1985.

Cynthia "Cindy" Lee is the Associate Director of NASA's Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Va. She is the senior advisor to the Center Director and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Center. Prior to this position, Lee served as Associate Director for Program Integration, where she led the integration of program requirements and processes. She also served as Director of the Aerospace Systems Concepts and Analysis Competency, Deputy Director of the Advanced Subsonic Technology (AST) Program and Acting Director for its closing year, and Head of the Flight Research Branch. Lee has led research programs that enhanced the efficiency and safety of military and commercial aircraft. She is recognized as an international expert in flight research test techniques.

The NASA Explorer School program provides exciting experiences for both students and teachers and supplies schools with classroom resources and innovative technology based on NASA's missions and discoveries. Since 2003, the program has been establishing three-year partnerships with schools across the country to develop the nation's future science, technology, engineering and mathematics work force. There are now 200 teams, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Over the next three years, St. Stephen Elementary students will participate in digital conferences with NASA scientists and engineers. NASA educators will also take hands-on activities to the classroom to provide exciting learning experiences.

For more information on the NASA Explorer Schools Program, visit:


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