Press Release

NASA Reaches out to Teachers of Migrant Farm-worker Children

By SpaceRef Editor
August 9, 2002
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Reporters are invited to participate in a live interview with teachers taking part in a unique workshop featuring NASA’s exciting educational resources that help Spanish-speaking children learn math and science.

On Thursday, Aug. 15, Adriana Cardenas, chief of the NASA Ames Research Center Equal Opportunity Programs Office, and several teachers from schools with a higher-than-average percentage of students from migrant farm-worker families will be available for live interviews to discuss NASA’s educational outreach and how it benefits minority children.

“We are very pleased to offer this opportunity for teachers to potentially impact migrant farm worker children’s futures by inspiring them to choose careers in math and science,” said Cardenas.

In collaboration with the National Hispanic University, San Jose, Calif. and Integrated Space Technologies (IST), Huntsville, Ala., NASA Ames, in California’s Silicon Valley, will sponsor the workshop from Aug. 11-16, 2002. Sixteen teachers of grades 4 through 6 from disadvantaged rural school districts with significant numbers of students from Spanish-speaking migrant farm-worker families are scheduled to attend.This will be a first-of-its-kind, one-week-long professional development opportunity offered by NASA.

To book an interview on Thursday, August 15, between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PDT) and obtain b-roll, please contact Victoria Steiner at 650/604-0176 or
e-mail at: vsteiner@mail.arc.nasa.gov 

Interviews may be conducted in both English and Spanish.

Live interviews will originate from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. on NASA TV.

NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2 (C-Band satellite), transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization with a downlink frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz. In case of trouble during the interview, call Ames master control at 650/604-1296.

SpaceRef staff editor.