Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington

Amy Johnson
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
757-864-7022, 757-272-9859

Robin Newton
MathScience Innovation Center, Richmond
804-343-6525 x 227
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to Speak to Richmond Students
Bolden's Visit Follows President Obama's Call to Make Education and Innovation National Priorities

WASHINGTON -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will address a group of seventh and eighth grade students from Albert Hill Middle School this Friday at the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond. Bolden's remarks will highlight the need to invest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, also known as STEM education, in order to remain competitive in the world and win the future, as President Obama outlined in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner is scheduled to join the administrator and center executives for this special NASA student event scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. EST, with Bolden's remarks beginning around 11 a.m.

Media representatives interested in attending should contact Robin Newton at 804-343-6525 x227 by 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27. The MathScience Innovation Center is located at 2401 Hartman Street in Richmond.

The MathScience Innovation Center's goal is to be the innovator, incubator and advocate of 21st Century math and science programs for the Virginia capital region's kindergarten through 12th grade educators and students. It also houses a Challenger Center for Space Science Education; Jan. 28 will mark the 25th anniversary of the loss of space shuttle Challenger astronauts.

In his first education address of 2011, Bolden will reinforce NASA's commitment to STEM education and the highlight the opportunities that exist for those students who pursue such studies. It is a key part of NASA's effort to build the agency's future high-tech workforce and cultivate the next generation of explorers.

In addition to hearing from Bolden and Warner, the students will have an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities related to science and exploration. Education staff from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will lead these activities.

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