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NASA Head Charles Bolden to Show LA’s BEST Students, Science is Launch Pad For Success

By SpaceRef Editor
April 5, 2010
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NASA Head Charles Bolden to Show LA’s BEST Students, Science is Launch Pad For Success

Charles Bolden will speak to LA’s BEST students at Gratts Elementary near downtown Los Angeles, tour the program, see a winning science project presented by visiting LA’s BEST students from Pacoima Elementary, and will participate in a paper rocket launching activity with students. Mr. Bolden will speak to the students about the importance and relevance of science in their lives and futures and will answer students’ questions.

The California Standards Test results in 2007 indicate that only 29% of LAUSD fifth-graders scored “proficient or above” in science. LA’s BEST is committed to ensuring that students have exposure to the sciences so that they approach the subject with curiosity and passion, and will be inspired to pursue science in academia or in their future careers.

WHO: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden David Seidel, Manager, K-12 Education, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Sharon Yarbrough, Senior Vice President, LA’s BEST Catherine Stringer, Vice President, Development & Public Affairs, LA’s BEST LA’s BEST students

WHAT: NASA Chief to tour the LA’s BEST program at Gratts Elementary and launch paper rockets with students.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 2:30 PM -4:00 PM

WHERE: Gratts Elementary 309 Lucas Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90017 *Park behind school off Hartford and 4th Street

About NASA education programs:

NASA educational programs help the agency attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, disciplines critical to space exploration. For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

About LA’s BEST

LA’s BEST – Better Educated Students for Tomorrow – is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 180 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school – at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA’s BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. For more information, please visit

LA’s BEST CONTACT: Zainab Ali (949) 861-1308

SpaceRef staff editor.