NASA Sends New Mexico Teacher Maxine Toya Back to School

2008-07-18 10:00:00

NASA Sends New Mexico Teacher Maxine Toya Back to School




    GREENBELT, Md., July 18 /EMWNews/ -- Maxine Toya,

elementary school teacher at Jemez Day Elementary School in Jemez Pueblo,

N.M., spent a week of challenge and discovery at the NASA Goddard Space

Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.



    The content workshop was designed to provide NASA Explorer School

educators an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the work NASA

accomplishes and how to implement that knowledge within their classroom.



    "This is an exciting time at Goddard," says Trena Ferrell, coordinator

for the workshop. "Currently Goddard is working a number of science

missions and we definitely want to inform and excite educators from across

the country. It is most important to inspire our next generation to

continue the ongoing work of discovery that NASA has been committed to for

almost fifty years."



    The week of activity included multiple opportunities for educators to

talk directly to NASA scientists and engineers. Themes related to the work

being accomplished at Goddard included the Hubble Servicing Mission, the

Lunar Reconnaissance Mission (LRO), studies of the Sun and Earth, and Lunar

Geology. NASA Education and Public Outreach personnel provided additional

educational support presenting hands-on activities for participants to take

back to the classroom.



    "Being a NASA Explorer School has definitely made a difference in our

school," says Toya. "We have been able to offer more opportunities to learn

using hands-on science lessons. It helps to inspire them to continue their

studies to become a successful scientist, teacher or doctor."



    Toya is one of 19 teachers attending from a NASA Explorer School (NES).

The NES program is a three-year partnership with NASA providing

investigation opportunities and professional development to spark

innovative science and mathematics instruction directed specifically at

students in grades four through nine.



    "Participants of the Goddard Content Workshop will leave Goddard with a

greater knowledge of NASA's research initiatives and a deeper understanding

of what it means to be a NASA Explorer School," says Ferrell.



    For more information about the NASA Explorer School Program, please

visit: http://www.explorerschools.nasa.gov.



    For more information about upcoming Goddard missions, please visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/home/index.html





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