Mon, May 17, 2004
Given Special Access To NASA Resources
NASA formally announced the next 50
schools chosen to participate in the NASA Explorer Schools Program.
The schools were named at the conclusion of the 2004 Leadership
Institute/2003 NASA Explorer Schools Student Symposium May 12 in
Cocoa Beach (FL). NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, Associate
Administrator for Education Dr. Adena Loston, astronauts, Agency
officials, students and teachers were on hand for the
This year’s 50 Explorer School Teams are from 34 states.
These schools were selected from Kennedy Space Center’s
district area, which includes Florida and Georgia. The schools are:
Immokalee Middle School and Pine Ridge Middle School, both in
Naples (FL); Howard A. Doolin Middle School in Miami; University
Community Academy and Ronald E. McNair High School, both in
Atlanta; and Gainesville Elementary School in Gainesville (GA).
The program seeks to give teachers new teaching resources and
technology tools using NASA’s unique content, experts and
other resources. The goal is to make learning science,
mathematics and technology more appealing to students. The program
is directed specifically at students in grades 4 through 9.
The initiative is sponsored by the
NASA Education Enterprise in collaboration with the National
Science Teachers Association. Each year, the program establishes a
three-year partnership between NASA and the 50 NASA Explorer
Schools teams, consisting of teachers and education administrators
from diverse communities across the country.
Eighty percent of the schools are located in high-poverty areas,
with 75 percent representing predominantly minority
communities. Fifty-eight percent of the competitively
selected school teams are located in both poverty and high-minority
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