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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202-358-0836)

April 3, 2003
RELEASE : 03-132
NASA Explorer Schools Programs Deadline Nears
The application deadline for the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) Program is midnight April 4, 2003. Reaffirming its commitment to education, NASA announced the education initiative in February 2003, to bring exciting learning opportunities to educators, students, and their families.

Under NES, NASA has partnered with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to provide a unique relationship between schools and the agency to "inspire the next generation of explorers." In fact, the number of applications to the NES more than doubled following last week's NSTA conference in Philadelphia.

The NES Program is designed to provide customized, extended professional development for educators. It will also provide authentic mathematics and science experiences for students and their families.

Fifty NES teams will be chosen from around the country to begin the journey. The teams will have a week of intensive training at one of NASA's 10 Field Centers in July. Each team will consist of three or four science, mathematics, or technology educators and an administrator. The teams will develop and implement action plans to address local needs in science, mathematics, or technology education for the following three years. During the 2003 pilot year, the program will focus on content at the five thru eight grade levels.

Educator/administrator teams will work with NASA specialists to integrate agency science content into their curriculum through problem-solving activities and to incorporate challenges into their mathematics and science curriculum. Students will have opportunities to apply science, mathematics and technology to real-world issues and problems and to learn about the vast array of career options at NASA. Students and their families will be the focus of interactive local and on-line learning experiences.

NES Teams will be eligible for a $10,000 grant. The grant is designed to assist with the purchase of science and technology tools to support the teams' implementation plan to bring cutting edge technology applications to the classroom.

To learn more about the NES program on the Internet and the on-line application process:
For more information about NASA programs on the Internet, visit:

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