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NASA Sends Georgia Teacher Jo Cook Back To School

July 18, 2008

To: SCIENCE EDITORS

Contact: Dewayne Washington of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., +1-301-286-0040, Dewayne.A.Washington@nasa.gov

GREENBELT, Md., July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jo Cook, elementary school teacher at Park Creek Elementary School in Dalton, Ga., spent a week of challenge and discovery at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The content workshop was designed to provide NASA Explorer School educators an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the work NASA accomplishes and how to implement that knowledge within their classroom.

This is an exciting time at Goddard, says Trena Ferrell, coordinator for the workshop. Currently Goddard is working a number of science missions and we definitely want to inform and excite educators from across the country. It is most important to inspire our next generation to continue the ongoing work of discovery that NASA has been committed to for almost fifty years.

The week of activity included multiple opportunities for educators to talk directly to NASA scientists and engineers. Themes related to the work being accomplished at Goddard included the Hubble Servicing Mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Mission (LRO), studies of the Sun and Earth, and Lunar Geology. NASA Education and Public Outreach personnel provided additional educational support presenting hands-on activities for participants to take back to the classroom.

I chose Goddard to gain knowledge of and inspiration for our countrys space program, says Cook. It has been so exciting to meet scientists and to be on the inside track. Getting a tour of the space center and actually see first hand the amazing technology has been fascinating.

Cook is one of 19 teachers attending from a NASA Explorer School (NES). The NES program is a three-year partnership with NASA providing investigation opportunities and professional development to spark innovative science and mathematics instruction directed specifically at students in grades four through nine.

Participants of the Goddard Content Workshop will leave Goddard with a greater knowledge of NASAs research initiatives and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a NASA Explorer School, says Ferrell.

For more information about the NASA Explorer School Program, please visit: http://www.explorerschools.nasa.gov.

For more information about upcoming Goddard missions, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/home/index.html

SOURCE NASA

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