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Emily Sturgill
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NASA Goes Back to School at Lebanon Middle

LEBANON, Ky. - On Tuesday, Nov. 27, representatives from NASA will spend the day with students and teachers of Lebanon Middle School. Former astronaut Roger Crouch, NASA Langley's Deputy Director Stephen Jurczyk and others will help kick off a newly established educational partnership through the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program.

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

"The interest in science has never been so genuine," said Karen Cobb, teacher and NES team member at Lebanon Middle. "In some respect, the atmosphere is almost like being at a different school. The teachers, students and parents are very excited about being associated with an organization like NASA."

What: Student Assembly
When: 10:00 a.m.
Who: Former astronaut Roger Crouch and NASA Langley's Deputy Director Stephen Jurczyk
Where: Lebanon Middle School

What: Family Night
When: 6:00 p.m.
Who: Former astronaut Roger Crouch and NASA Langley's Deputy Director Stephen Jurczyk
Where: Lebanon Middle School

Media interested in covering the events or arranging interviews with Roger Crouch and Stephen Jurczyk should contact Emily Sturgill at 804-647-7668 or Daniel Imes at 270-692-3441 by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

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 leading 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.

Stephen Jurczyk, deputy director of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., assists in the general management of the center and acts with the authority of the director in her absence. He plans, organizes and directs center activities to advance research significant to national aerospace programs and objectives. Prior to his current position, Jurczyk was the director of the Research and Technology Directorate. He began his career at Langley in 1988 as an electronics engineer in the Electronic Systems Branch where he developed advanced electronic systems for several atmospheric remote sensing instruments and space data systems. Jurczyk was also the manager of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission at NASA Headquarters, the Spacecraft Systems Manager for the Landsat 7 Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the head of the Electronic Systems Branch in the Aerospace Electronics Systems Division at Langley, the deputy director for Flight Systems in Langley's Systems Engineering Competency and the director of the Systems Engineering Competency.

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, Lebanon Middle School 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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