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Emily Sturgill

NASA Goes Back to School at Piedmont Elementary

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - On Thursday, Nov. 8, representatives from NASA will spend the day with students and teachers of Piedmont Elementary. NASA Langley's Chief of Education Roger Hathaway and others will help kick off a newly established educational partnership through the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program. Rocket Boy Willie "Billy" Rose is also planning to attend the family night event.

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

"NASA's visit will once again reinforce the commitment they (NASA) have toward education," said Steve Knighton, administrator of Piedmont Elementary School. "These opportunities to instill the dream of being associated with the space program would never have been so real without this affiliation."

What: Student Assembly
When: 12:45 p.m.
Who: NASA Langley's Chief of Education Roger Hathaway
Where: Piedmont Elementary School

What: Family Night
When: 7:00 p.m.
Who: NASA Langley's Chief of Education Roger Hathaway
Where: Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Media interested in covering the events or arranging interviews with Roger Hathaway should contact Emily Sturgill at 804-647-7668 or Steve Knighton at 304-348-1910 by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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, Piedmont 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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