COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 199

September 30, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL

 

 

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

NASA Explorer Schools (NES) Partnership Program

 

Schools from across the country are eligible to apply online for an opportunity to partner with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) in an exciting program designed to bring NASA's mathematics, science, and technology learning to educators, students, and families. Each year, the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program establishes a three-year partnership between NASA and 50 school teams, consisting of state certified teachers and education administrators from diverse communities across the country. During the open application season, the online NES application must be completed in one session.

 

While partnered with NASA, NES teams will acquire and use new teaching resources and technology tools for grades 4-9 using NASA's unique content, experts, and other resources. Schools in the program are eligible to receive up to $17,500 (pending continued funding) over the three-year period to purchase technology tools that support science and mathematics instruction.

 

The objectives of the NES program are as follows:

 

For information regarding the NASA Explorer School program and an application, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov/portal/site/nes/. The deadline for submission of the online application for NASA Explorer Schools is January 31, 2006.

 

For more information, contact Bill Williams (w.b.williams@larc.nasa.gov), precollege officer, NASA Langley Research Center, at (757) 864-9728 or Eric Rhoades (eric.rhoades@doe.virginia.gov), science coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, at (804) 225-2676.

 

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