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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              MAY 16, 2000


Educators in the United States with an interest in teaching about space are invited to apply for approximately 20 new Solar System Educator fellowships.

Selected educators will attend the Solar System Educator Program Institute held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., from August 2 to 5, 2000. All Solar System Educators will agree to lead educator workshops in their home states, reaching a minimum of 100 teachers per year. The designated educators will have the opportunity to partner with the Space Grant Consortia in their state to help them meet the training workshop requirements. Implemented by NASA in 1989, the Space Grant Consortia is a network of universities that contributes to the nation's science enterprise by funding research, education and public service projects.

The goal of the Solar System Educator program is to inspire America's students, create learning opportunities and enlighten inquisitive minds by engaging them in the planetary exploration efforts conducted by JPL. The program is managed for JPL by Space Explorers Inc. and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. However, the heart of the program is a nationwide network of highly motivated educators who lead teaching workshops for their fellow educators throughout the country.

Solar System Educators are comprised of current K-12 educators and others from the informal education community (museums, science centers, planetariums, etc.) with a strong background in teaching science or math and experience in teacher training. Solar System Educators receive training at a four-day, all-expenses paid institute at JPL, and throughout the year via the Internet.

More information and an online application form are available at . For more information, contact Eric Brunsell, Space Explorers, Inc. at (920) 339-4600 or via email .

NASA/JPL missions participating in the institute include the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Stardust and Deep Impact comet missions, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Program, the Outer Planets/Solar Probe program and the Deep Space Network of ground-based antennas that communicate with spacecraft.

The Solar System Educators Program is an element of NASA's Office of Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

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