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Emily Sturgill

NASA Goes Back to School at John B. Cary Elementary
RICHMOND, Va. - On Tuesday, Nov. 13, representatives from NASA will spend the day with students and teachers of John B. Cary Elementary. Former astronaut Ken Cameron, NASA Langley Associate Director Cynthia Lee and others will help kick off a newly established educational partnership through the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program.

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

"Our students and staff are in a true 'NASA Countdown' mode," said Brenda Phillips, principal at John B. Cary. "From special projects and daily trivia questions to decorating halls and bulletin boards with NASA themes, John B. Cary students and teachers are ready to launch our NASA Space Explorers mission. The visit will allow our students to ask questions, to meet NASA officials, to see that all of this talk about space and space travel is very real and very tangible."

What: Student Assembly
When: 10:00 a.m.
Who: Former astronaut Ken Cameron and NASA Langley Associate Director Cynthia Lee
Where: John B. Cary Elementary School

What: Family Night
When: 6:30 p.m.
Who: NASA Langley Associate Director Cynthia Lee
Where: John B. Cary Elementary School

Media interested in covering the events or arranging interviews with Ken Cameron and Cindy Lee should contact Emily Sturgill at 804-647-7668 or Steven Bolton at 804-780-7100 by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Ken Cameron was selected by NASA in May 1984 and became an astronaut in June 1985. He is a veteran of three space flights and has logged over 560 hours in space. Cameron served as pilot on STS-37 and spacecraft commander on STS-56 and STS-74. After leaving NASA in August 1996 to join Hughes Training, Inc., as Executive Director of Houston Operations, Cameron returned to the space program in October 2003.

He accepted a position as Principal Engineer in the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), based at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., In June 2005, Cameron was selected as Deputy Director for Safety of the NESC.

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, John B. Cary 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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