MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109 TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Jane Platt (818) 354-0880
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2000
JPL GIVES EDUCATORS 'OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD' TRAINING
Educators will train other teachers to use current space
missions to teach their students on Earth math and science,
thanks to a program recently expanded by NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.
To help implement this cutting-edge education program, known
as the Solar System Educators Program, JPL has awarded a $500,000
contract to Space Explorers, Inc., De Pere, WI, and the Virginia
Space Grant Consortium, Hampton, VA.
"This program offers educators hands-on involvement with
NASA's solar system missions," said Aimee Whalen, liaison for the
program. "They'll have an opportunity to come to JPL and meet
the scientists and engineers who are actually working on these
missions, then take what they've learned back to the educators
and students in their communities."
"This is a great opportunity to work with JPL and educators
from all over the country to increase student performance in math
and science by using the excitement of space exploration and the
power of the Internet," said Eric Brunsell, director of program
development for Space Explorers, Inc.
The Solar System Educators Program consolidates educational
programs previously offered by three JPL-managed space missions -
- the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Galileo mission to Jupiter
and the Stardust mission to a comet. Under the three missions,
teachers were trained as educator fellows. Fifty-five educator
fellows will be merged into the new Solar System Educators
Program, with an additional 25 percent to be added each year
starting in 2001. The ultimate goal of the program is to cover
all 50 states and U.S. territories and include international
Cassini, Galileo and Stardust are managed by JPL for NASA's
Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of
the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.