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September 12, 1991

NASA, USA TODAY, DISCOVERY CHANNEL LAUNCH EDUCATION PROGRAM USA Today, in cooperation with NASA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, today launched "Visions of Exploration" -- the first multi-media educational program designed to bring the spirit of exploration into the classroom in 1992, the International Space Year. The Discovery Channel, a television partner, today debuted the first in a series of documentaries corresponding to Visions of Explorations. The Visions of Exploration curriculum motivates elementary and middle school students to learn about the explorers of the past and present in order to discover qualities within themselves to become the explorers of the future. The content integrates science, mathematics and social studies with creative expression from language arts, fine arts and career education. Visions of Exploration includes four instructional components which bring exploration to life. These include nine curriculum guides for teachers, Explorer's Journal for students, daily teaching plans and classroom sets of USA Today. The Discovery Channel's, Assignment Discovery, documentaries correspond to Visions of Exploration's five major themes: What is Exploration; Exploration: The Past; Exploration: The Present; Exploration: The Future; and Exploration: The Explorer in Me. These documentaries are commercial-free and

may be taped by teachers for use in the classroom for 1 year from the date of taping. The first episode, "Helen Keller in Her Story," debuted today on The Discovery Channel from 9-10 a.m. Eastern time. This hour-long documentary relates to Theme A, What is Exploration. This is a simple yet moving film in which Helen Keller evokes the personal drama of her story of courage, faith, perseverance, hope -- and exploration. - more -2 Barbara Morgan represents the NASA Educational Affairs Division as the Teacher in Space Designee and the national education community as a third-grade teacher. She will incorporate Visions of Exploration into her classroom curriculum this year. The curriculum was field-tested in the fall of 1990 in five major school districts with approximately 200 teachers and 6,000 students participating in the pilot. A think tank of prominent scientists, astronauts and educators provided focus, while a national education advisory team provided direction during the program's development, design and implementation phases. The advisory team included members from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Science Teachers Association, the International Reading Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Geographic Society, 4-H Youth Development and the Mathematical Science Education Board. For further information contact Steven Anderson, USA Today, (703) 276-5872 or Vicki Stearn, The Discovery Channel, (301) 986-0444.

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