SCHOOL RECEIVES NASA TITLE KIDS TO DO SCIENCE PROJECTS.Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. - Edwards Middle School has been designated a NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Independent U.S. 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 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), civilian agency of the U.S. federal government with the mission of conducting research and developing operational programs in the areas of space exploration, artificial satellites (see satellite, artificial), , 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 Internet
Publicly accessible computer network connecting many smaller networks from around the world. It grew out of a U.S. Defense Department program called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established in 1969 with connections between computers at the connections, DVD players A stand-alone device that plays DVDs. It contains a DVD drive and the electronics to decode the digital video. The device may play only manufactured DVDs, or it may be able to play DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW discs. DVD players are cabled to a TV or home theater system for display. 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 The Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), located inside Edwards Air Force Base, is an aeronautical research center operated by NASA. On March 26, 1976 it was named in honor of the late Hugh L. at Edwards.
The teachers also will receive another $500 stipend sti·pend
A fixed and regular payment, such as a salary for services rendered or an allowance.
[Middle English stipendie, from Old French, from Latin st 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.