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LOCAL TEACHERS GAIN INSIDER'S VIEW OF SPACE PROGRAM THROUGH ROCKWELL-SPONSORED TRIP TO U.S. SPACE ACADEMY

 LOCAL TEACHERS GAIN INSIDER'S VIEW OF SPACE PROGRAM
 THROUGH ROCKWELL-SPONSORED TRIP TO U.S. SPACE ACADEMY
 DOWNEY, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- They may not have flown into space, but thanks to the assistance of Rockwell International Corp., Downey Unified School District teachers Gayla Rudolph, Bill Skelley and Steven Wilson and their students could probably feel the controls of the Space Shuttle Columbia in their hands this week when the astronauts guided the orbiter to a safe landing in Florida.
 Rudolph of South Middle School, Skelley of Ward Elementary School, and Wilson of Downey High School were among 23 elementary and secondary school teachers from across the country who gleaned a wealth of knowledge on space and science this summer on behalf of Rockwell by participating in a hands-on education program at the U.S. Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala. The trip was part of Rockwell's program to support International Space Year (ISY), commemorating the 500th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage.
 "We're pleased such talented educators dedicated a week of their time to learning about space," said Robert G. Minor, president of Rockwell's Space Systems Division (SSD) in Downey. "We hope their experiences motivate local students to learn the valuable lessons math and science education can offer."
 The Space Academy program, called "Space Orientation: A Hands-On Approach for Educators," included basic astronaut training and two simulated space shuttle missions. The program is designed to build a knowledge base and strategy for teaching space technology courses.
 The educators were chosen to participate based on their ability to translate the week's experiences into valuable educational programs for students.
 "We are thrilled that Gayla, Bill and Steven had the opportunity for such a valuable first-hand experience. We know their students will benefit greatly," said Downey Unified School District Superintendent of Schools Edward A. Sussman.
 The three were selected from schools involved in educational partnership programs with Rockwell. Rockwell SSD, headquartered in Downey, supports educational programs throughout the Downey Unified School District, including Advanced Career Training (ACT), the Discover-"E" (for "Engineering") outreach program, partnerships with Ward Elementary and South Middle schools, teacher in-service training, Career Day programs, math/science workshops and tours of Rockwell's facility.
 Rockwell's ISY activities were focused on motivating young people to pursue education in mathematics and the sciences, as well as supporting the company's programs designed to help improve math and science education in U.S. schools.
 Rockwell supported additional ISY activities, including a nationwide interactive teleconference conducted in October by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. During the teleconference, experts in space exploration advised students who participated in space exploration advised students who participated in efforts this year to create Martian habitats as part of Challenger Center's "Marsville: The Cosmic Village" education project.
 Rockwell International is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Buis of Rockwell SSD, 310-922-1856/
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