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Dwayne C. Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

Amber Marek
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

May 5, 2004
NASA Names New Explorer Schools
NASA will formally announce the 50 schools representing the next round of participants for the NASA Explorer Schools Program. The announcement is at the Doubletree Hotel, Cocoa Beach, Fla., at 9 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, May 12, 2004.

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, Associate Administrator for Education Dr. Adena Loston, astronauts, agency officials, students and teachers will discuss and share inspiring stories about the innovative NASA Explorer Schools Program.

The program debuted June 30, 2003. It sends science and mathematics teachers "back to school" at NASA Centers during the summer to acquire new teaching resources and technology tools. The program uses NASA's unique content, experts and other resources to make learning science, mathematics and technology more appealing to students.

The announcement culminates a week of activities for students and educators attending the 2004 Leadership Institute/2003 NASA Explorer Schools Student Symposium, May 8-12. Activities prior to the announcement include:

  • May 8: Educator Team leaders from each of the 2004 schools attend a Leadership Institute to obtain information about evaluation, expectations, and communications.
  • May 9: 2003 student teams present information about science or mathematics investigations that have occurred in conjunction with the regular classroom curriculum during the past school year.
  • May 10: 2003 and 2004 student and teacher participants tour Kennedy Space Center and the Kennedy Visitor Center
  • May 11: 2003 and 2004 student and teacher participants visit Epcot's Mission Space, and participate in activities/presentations by Messenger scientists and Messenger Ambassadors.
The NASA Explorer Schools Program, sponsored by the NASA Education Enterprise in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), establishes a three-year partnership between NASA and 50 Explorer Schools teams each spring.

Teams of teachers and education administrators represent diverse communities across the country. During the commitment period, NASA education specialists and scientists from NASA Centers provide investigation opportunities and professional development to the teams to spark innovative science and mathematics instruction directed specifically at students in grades four through nine.

The 2004 Explorer Schools teams represent 34 states. Eighty percent of the schools are located in high poverty areas, with 74 percent representing predominantly minority communities. Sixty percent of the competitively selected school teams are represented in both high poverty and high minority populations.

The event will be carried live on NASA TV available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. The event will also be available via webcast. For information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:
For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program on the Internet, visit:
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