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Staci Johnson/Sonja Alexander
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May 5, 2006
RELEASE : 06-215
NASA Announces New Explorer Schools
NASA welcomed twenty-six new NASA Explorer Schools on Friday in a partnership to inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

NASA Explorer Schools provide unique opportunities designed to engage and educate the future scientists who may someday help advance U.S. scientific interests through space exploration.

Part of NASA's elementary and secondary programs, the schools look to attract and retain students in science and technical fields through a progression of educational opportunities for students, teachers, and administrators. NASA's 150 Explorer Schools' teams, which primarily come from minority and under represented communities, represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Selected schools are eligible to receive up to $17,500 during the three-year partnership to help buy technology tools. The program also provides educators and students with content-specific activities that can be used in many local and state curricula to excite students about science and math.

The NASA Explorer Schools program was chosen as one of the "Top Innovations in American Government Awards for 2006" by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

For a list of the NASA Explorer Schools and additional information, visit:

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

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