MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109 TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: John G. Watson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 1999
NASA'S JPL OPENS EDUCATOR CENTER AND HIGH-TECH CLASSROOM IN
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today inaugurated an
Educator Resource Center and Applied Technology Classroom in
Pomona, California, designed to provide materials and strategies
for teachers at all levels who wish to include the space program
in their curricula.
In 1998, Pasadena-based JPL and the Pomona Unified School
District agreed to house the state-of-the-art facilities in the
District-owned Village at Indian Hill educational mall, located
at 1460 E. Holt Avenue., Suite 20.
"We are excited about the capabilities of these beautiful
facilities and about the new relationship with the District,"
said site administrator Gene Vosicky of JPL's Communications and
Education Office. "With today's dedication ceremonies, we've
unveiled a valuable resource for Southern California's science
Among the speakers were JPL Director Dr. Ed Stone; Dr.
Robert Parker, manager of the NASA Management Office at JPL;
Pomona Unified School District Superintendent Patrick D. Leier;
and Nancy McCracken, president of the Pomona Unified School
District Board of Education.
The center is a focal point for educators to become
acquainted with NASA/JPL educational materials and resources.
Special educator sessions will highlight JPL's electronic
networking capabilities and classroom applications of NASA/JPL-
produced educational materials. Goals also include becoming
involved in collaborations and cooperative agreements with school
districts, state education agencies, colleges and universities.
The Applied Technology Science Classroom, laid out in
stations through which students rotate, integrates a wide variety
of technologies into the science curriculum, including:
- Mars table. This table allows students to experience the
same processes that scientists and engineers at JPL use to
explore and analyze the surface of Mars. It features a camera
mounted on a coordinate system which simulates an orbiting
satellite and takes digital images of the surface.
- Electronic probe station. More than 20 digital probes
measure and record data which can be analyzed and related to
science concepts, such as temperature and pressure. Electronic
probes mirror technologies on Earth-observing satellites and Mars
- Flight station. This simulation software station allows
students to study the principles of physics involved with flight
navigation and aeronautics.
The Applied Technology Science Classroom is designed to
increase students' knowledge of technology and science by
involving them in scientific investigations in an inquiry-based
approach. It also serves as a model for educators on how to
utilize computer and other technologies in the instructional
Connecting the center and the classroom is a large visitor
center exhibiting spacecraft models, artifacts and information on
the role of JPL in space exploration.
For further information, call (909) 397-4420.