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

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

Oct. 13, 2004
RELEASE : 04-341
NASA And Pearson Scott Foresman Announce Out-Of-This-World Experience
Students from two classrooms will get a chance to see astronauts conduct their science projects through a national challenge program. NASA and Pearson Scott Foresman, publisher of pre-K through grade six educational books, are sponsoring the challenge.

"The Science in Space Challenge" calls for teachers to submit proposals, on behalf of their students, for a science and technology investigation. An astronaut will conduct the project on a Space Shuttle mission or on the International Space Station, while teachers and students follow along via TV or the Web.

Deadline for entries is June 3, 2005. A panel of key NASA science education experts will evaluate and select one entry each from grades K-6 and 7-12. NASA and Pearson Scott Foresman will announce the winners on or before September 6, 2005. Teachers can submit entries by email, regular mail, or fax.

"We want to be involved in shaping the next generation of explorers, and this challenge is an important step towards achieving that goal," said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's chief education officer. "Our mission is to ensure U.S. students reach the highest possible levels in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to help fulfill the Vision for Space Exploration. Whether a proposal is selected or not, in the long run, everyone wins."

The challenge is part of an ongoing non-exclusive partnership. NASA and Pearson Scott Foresman seek to spark students' imaginations, encourage interest in space exploration, enhance elementary and secondary science curriculum.

"Working closely with NASA, we designed this challenge to inspire students on a number of different levels," said Paul McFall, President, Pearson Scott Foresman. "It will encourage them to tap into their creative energies, see learning in a whole new light, help them to look at their classrooms in ways they might not have done before, and teach them they can make a difference while learning and having fun," he said.

NASA education programs stimulate students' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics study and careers. Activities raise public awareness among educators, students, and parents about the many available NASA education programs and resources.

Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond. Products include Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Longman, Pearson Addison Wesley, and others. Pearson Education is part of Pearson, the international media company.

For entry forms and information about challenge criteria on the Web, visit:

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

For information about NASA's education programs on the Internet, visit:


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