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April 15, 2005


Contact: U.S. Satellite Laboratory


Tarrytown, NY, April 15, 2005—Launching in Summer 2005 and continuing for two years, LIVE, Short-courses for NASA Explorer Schools is a half-million dollar project to provide cutting-edge, proven professional development for teachers across the country.

Using an innovative, online, yet, highly interactive webcasting format, teachers will participate in the 'Short-courses,' which feature NASA education programs in Earth and Space science. Courses run four to six, one-hour sessions. "This interactive format is the wave of the future," predicts U.S. Satellite's Director of Technology, Tara Alvarez, "Short-courses are the best of both worlds, saving time and money without sacrificing the interactivity and camaraderie of a traditional training course."

Through the Short-courses, teachers will be exposed to award-winning NASA-sponsored programs including: Signals of Spring, Astro-Venture, and Tracking a Solar Storm. Ultimately, middle school students will benefit as Earth & Space science come to life!

U.S. Satellite Laboratory, founded in 1991, develops curriculum-based science and math programs along with professional development opportunities for teachers. U.S. Satellite products and programs seamlessly integrate simple-to-use technology tools with standards-based science and mathematics content. To learn more about U.S. Satellite's pipeline of products, click here.