Tanner NASA Explorer School
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Marshall to support regional schools in partnership

NASA announces new Explorer Schools

From a Headquarters news release

In a press conference May 5, NASA welcomed 26 new NASA Explorer Schools. The program is 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.

New schools participating in the NASA Explorer Schools program include Tanner High School in Tanner, Ala.; Tuskegee Public Elementary School in Tuskegee, Ala.; and three schools in the Texarkana, Ark. school district. These schools will be supported by the Marshall Center. In the coming school year, representatives from Marshall will visit each school to help kick-off the program with a special student assembly. The assemblies will help excite students about learning math and science - the foundation for a career in the space industry - and encourage them to become the next generation of explorers taking NASA back to the moon, Mars and beyond.

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 Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

For more information about the NASA Explorer Schools, visit

http://www.explorerschools.nasa.gov

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