Press Release

Students & Teachers Talk to Space Station Crew

By SpaceRef Editor
June 11, 2003
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Students from summer programs in three Ill. counties
will join special guests at Bradley University in Peoria for
an interactive educational discussion with the International
Space Station’s Expedition 7 crew.

The live event, Thursday, June 12, from 1:55 – 2:15 p.m.
EDT, will be broadcast on NASA Television and simulcast on
the Internet. The event is part of the Bradley Institute for
Gifted and Talented Youth’s summer exploratory program, an
initiative in its 20th year.

The in-flight educational program will offer a diverse group
of 1,000 elementary and middle school students the
opportunity to learn more about the U.S. space program. “We
expect this live broadcast event to be inspiring for all
participating, especially the students,” said Debbie Brown
Biggs, Team Lead for NASA’s Teaching from Space Program
(TSP). “We hope it may spark the imagination of the future
researchers, astronauts and science teachers among them, ”
she said.

Throughout the four-week program students and educators will
study space exploration, while paying special attention to
state educational goals. Both university pre-service and
practicing classroom teachers will have the opportunity to
engage in special professional development activities
focused on space science education.

The Gifted and Talented Youth Program, hosted by the Bradley
University College of Education and Health Sciences, impacts
a broad spectrum of educators and students by introducing
new resources for learning and teaching about space and its
related subjects.

The International Space Station live program, provided via
NASA downlink, is one of many educational opportunities
available to organizations across the country. TSP, managed
from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, provides education
opportunities using the unique environment of human space
flight. The program builds partnerships with education
communities to create unique learning opportunities through
the use of NASA and educational technologies.

NASA TV is broadcast on AMC-2, transponder 9C, C-Band,
located at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is
3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural
at 6.8 MHz.

For information about NASA, human space flight, the
International Space Station, and to view the Web cast on the
Internet, visit:

For information about the summer Institute for Gifted and
Talented Youth, visit:

For information about NASA education programs on the
Internet, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.