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Schools in Des Moines, Ravenwood and Church Point Join Unique Partnership With NASA
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Phone: 256-544-0034

News release: 07-055

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Today NASA will announce that Harding Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa; Northeast Nodaway School District in Ravenwood, Mo., and Church Point Middle School in Church Point, La., have been selected to begin a special three-year partnership with NASA. They are among 25 school teams nationwide that will be named today as new NASA Explorer Schools (NES) during a program set to air on NASA TV’s Education channel at 12 p.m. CDT. For downlink and scheduling information and links to streaming video, visit:

The goal of the NES program is to use NASA's unique missions to inspire student learning in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will administer the NES partnership with Harding Middle School, Northeast Nodaway School District and Church Point Middle School. Representatives from the Marshall Center will help kick off the program with presentations at each school during the coming school year.

”This program enables schools and their communities to partner with NASA to develop the nation's future science, technology, engineering and mathematics work force,” said NES Program Manager Rob Lasalvia. “It is today’s students who will help make the nation’s vision of sending humans back to the moon, then on to Mars and beyond a reality.”

To begin the formal partnership, a team of educators and administrators from Harding Middle School, Northeast Nodaway School District and Church Point Middle School will attend an all-expense-paid, one-week professional development workshop June 18-22 at the Marshall Center. Each school team will develop a strategic plan to address its students’ needs in mathematics, science and technology education. Schools also may apply for technology grants of up to $17,500 over the three-year period to help implement their plans.

The NASA Explorer School Program began in 2003 in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association. The program targets schools in grades 4-9. There are now 200 teams in the program, representing 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

With this program, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs. It is directly tied to the agency's major education goal of attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. To compete effectively for the minds, imaginations and career ambitions of America’s young people, NASA is focused on engaging and retaining students in STEM education programs to encourage their pursuit of educational disciplines critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program, visit: