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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2000

JPL LEADS EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS ON SPACE AT "UNIVERSE 2000," JULY 13-19

       Educators will learn how to bring the wonders of space into classrooms on Earth at four workshops provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., as part of "Universe 2000," the 112th annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, taking place in Pasadena from July 13 to 19.        JPL-led educator workshops include:
       These workshops are part of the annual meetings "Universe in the Classroom: A Workshop on Teaching Astronomy in Grades 3-12," on July 13 and 14. Designed for teachers at all levels of expertise, librarians, curriculum specialists and youth group leaders, this two-day program includes such topics as black holes, constellations and how to make comets in the classroom. A symposium called "Cosmos in the Classroom: Teaching Astronomy to College Non-Science Majors," July 17-19, is designed to help teachers of introductory college astronomy put astronomy in a wider context.

       All these educator events take place at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street in Pasadena, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. For details and fees, visit http://www.aspsky.org/meetings.html , call (415) 337-1100, fax (415) 337-5205 or e-mail meeting@aspsky.org.

       The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is the world's largest astronomical society. JPL is a meeting sponsor, along with the Griffith Observatory, Meade Instruments Corp., Mount Wilson Observatory, the Planetary Society and The Teaching Company. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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