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SCHOOL RECEIVES NASA TITLE KIDS TO DO SCIENCE PROJECTS.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Edwards Middle School has been designated a NASA Explorer School, where students will get to work on NASA-related design problems, conduct scientific discussions, and collect and use authentic NASA data.

Under a three-year partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the school will receive a $10,000 grant in the first year to beef up technology at the school.

``We will bring in some laptops, wireless Internet connections, DVD players and software into the classroom,'' seventh-grade science teacher and department chairman Jay Blank said. ``We would like to use the Internet connection for e-mail correspondence and research. We hope our kids can see on the network what their hard work is going to accomplish.''

The objectives include increasing students' ability to apply science, math and technology concepts; expanding their knowledge about science and technology careers; and providing academic assistance and technology for teachers.

The school could receive $3,500 in the second year and $2,000 in the third year if money is available, Blank said.

In addition, Blank and four other science and math teachers will receive stipends of $500 each to participate in a week-long training workshop in July at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards.

The teachers also will receive another $500 stipend for implementing an education plan during the 2003-04 school year that addresses a local need in math, science or technology that incorporates NASA data and materials in the curriculum.

``Using what we gained in the summer, we will present this information to our students and have them become involved with a number of projects at NASA,'' Blank said. ``Our kids will be calculating, graphing and presenting information using technology to other schools and other NASA facilities.''

Blank said that the program is ideally suited to Edwards' students.

``Since we have parents associated with the Air Force or with NASA, it's an ideal program to have our kids become more involved with their parents and what they deal with on a daily basis,'' Blank said.

The program is sponsored by NASA through a cooperative agreement with the National Science Teachers Association.
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