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May 11, 2007

Dryden Flight Research Center

P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523
Phone 661/276-3449
FAX 661/276-3566

Beth Hagenauer
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 661-276-7960
RELEASE: 07-24



Schools in Fillmore and North Hills have been selected to begin a

special three-year partnership with NASA. NASA announced May 11 the
partnership with San Cayetano Elementary School, 514 Mountain View,
Fillmore, and Vintage Math, Science and Technology Magnet School,
15848 Stare St., North Hills. They are among 25 school teams
nationwide named as new NASA Explorer Schools (NES). The goal of the
program is to use NASA’s missions to inspire student learning in
science, technology, engineering, math and geography.

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, located on Edwards Air Force

Base, will administer the NES partnership with San Cayetano and
Vintage Schools. NASA representatives will help kick off the program
with presentations at the school during the coming school year.

"This program enables schools and their communities to partner with

NASA to develop the nation's future science, technology, engineering
and mathematics work force,â€​ said NES Program Manager Rob Lasalvia.
"It is today's students who will help make the nation’s vision of
sending humans back to the moon, then on to Mars and beyond a

To begin the formal partnership, a team of educators and

administrators from San Cayetano and Vintage elementary schools will
attend an all-expense-paid, one-week professional development
workshop July 8 - 13 at NASA Dryden. The schools' teams will develop
a strategic plan to address students' needs in math, science and
technology education. Both also may apply for technology grants of up
to $17,500 over the three-year period to implement their plans.
The NASA Explorer School Program began in 2003 in collaboration with
the National Science Teachers Association. The program targets
schools in grades 4-9. There are now 200 teams representing 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

With this program, NASA continues the agency's tradition of investing

in the nation’s education programs. It is directly tied to the
agency's major education goal of attracting and retaining students in
science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines.

For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program, visit: