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       NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will train 33 educators from 22 states to inspire and educate other teachers to share the wonders of the solar system with students during a Solar System Educators Institute at JPL March 26 through 29.

       The educators, taking part in the Solar System Educator Fellows program, will learn techniques for training other teachers to use current space missions to help kids learn math and science. Back in their home states, each educator will train approximately 200 additional colleagues.

       "It's exciting to share the information I've learned to reach more people and help get them excited about space," said Julie Taylor, who has been serving as an educator fellow for the Cassini mission to Saturn. Taylor, a fifth grade teacher at Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, CA, says her JPL training benefits her students, including ten-year-old Mallery who said, "This year, science has been fun. It's something we'll enjoy for the rest of our lives."

       NASA/JPL missions participating in the institute include Cassini to Saturn, the Stardust and Deep Impact comet missions, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Program, the Outer Planets/Solar Probe program, and the Deep Space Network of ground-based antennas that communicate with spacecraft. The institute is also supported by NASA's Solar System Exploration Education and Public Outreach Forum.

       Twenty-five additional educators will be selected to take part in another Solar System Educators Institute at JPL on August 1-5. Further announcements will be posted on the Solar System Educators web site at .

       The Solar System Educators Institute program is managed by Space Explorers Inc., DePere, WI, and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Hampton, VA., as an element of NASA's Office of Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Stardust, Deep Impact, Galileo, Cassini, Mars Exploration, Outer Planets/Solar Probe, and are managed by JPL for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Deep Space Network is managed by JPL for NASA's Office of Space Flight, Washington, D.C.

Teachers and educators who were selected for the project include:

Sherry Hair Russell Math & Science Center Birmingham, AL
Julie Taylor Desert Trails School Adelanto, CA
Adair Teller Alan B. Shepard School Hawthorne, CA
Diane Lether LA Unified School District Los Angeles, CA
Alan Landever Education Connection Litchfield, CT
Diana Yoder University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
Kathy Chock Kamehameha Elementary School Honolulu, HI
Nancy Tashima Onizuka Space Center Kailua-Kona, HI
Christopher Soldat Mid-Prarie Middle School Kalona, IA
Martin Horejsi Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
Kevin Cole Cernan Earth & Space Center River Grove, IL
Michael Ford Unified School District Holton, KS
Jennifer Linrud Wichita Collegiate School Wichita, KS
Terri McManus Williams Science & Fine Art Topeka, KS
Liliana Klass Fort River School Northampton, MA
Donna Young The Wright Center Medford, MA
Ardis Maciolek Grosse Pointe High School Grosse Point, MI
Ken Gagner Morris Area Elem. School Morris, MN
Dee McLellan Meadow Creek Christian School Andover,MN
Bob Riddle Southwest Charter School Kansas City, MO
Byron Montross Wingate Elementary. School Fort Wingate, NM
Malcolm Cameron Christa McAuliffe Planetarium Concord, NH
Karen Sinex Pacific University Eugene, OR
Dan Malerbo Carnegie Science Center Pittsburgh, PA
Louis Irwin University of Texas/El Paso El Paso, TX
Carol Lutsinger Brownsville School District Brownsville,TX
Shannon Miller Llano Junior High School Llano, TX
Peggy Donahe Aneth Community School Montezuma Creek, UT
George Hastings VA Math & Science Center Richmond, VA
Anne Ireland Challenger Center Alexandria, VA
Ellen VanPay Green Bay Public Schools Green Bay, WI
Sandra Bast Space Explorers, Inc. DePere, WI
Scott Mecca Cheyenne Central High School Cheyenne, WY

3/16/00 JP