Three, Two, One ... Boeing Educators Launch "Space" Journey

Thirty elementary and high school teachers from around the world will enhance their knowledge of math, science and space at the Boeing Educators to Space Camp program, beginning today at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Through interactive classroom assignments, special tours and lectures, and hands-on team activities, the program provides educators with many of the resources they need to inspire and motivate their students about math, science and space. Past participants continue to praise the benefits this program has brought to their classrooms.

"I am so thankful to Boeing for giving me the chance to experience the space program. My kids are benefiting from my knowledge and experiences," stated Chuck Minear, a middle school teacher from Downey, Calif., who attended the 1998 program. "Recently I was awarded State Technology Teacher of the Year in Sacramento and I think it was in part to my increased excitement over teaching after going to space camp."

Teachers from 12 states and 4 foreign countries will spend July 19 - 25 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where they will participate in a week-long curriculum of lectures, classroom activities, astronaut training and simulated space missions. Then they will travel to Houston, Texas, to spend two days at Space Center Houston and Johnson Space Center to tour the facilities and learn more about the International Space Station.

"We're thrilled to give teachers this opportunity for hands-on exposure to the nation's - and the world's - work in space, so they can create exciting new programs for successive generations of students," said Michelle Bandoian, Boeing manager of community relations. "Since 1992, we've sponsored more than 180 teachers for this program, who, in turn, have inspired and educated more than 20,000 students about space and science."

The teachers come from U.S. locations in which The Boeing Company has facilities and from the partner countries of the International Space Station.

Attention Editors:

A list of individuals from your circulation area follows. The educators involved return home after the close of the session on July 28, 1999. Editors are invited to contact the Public or Community Relations representatives at their local sites to arrange interviews of participating teachers.

Brazil Nirce Pereira de Souza - Universidade do Vale do Paraiba - Sao Jose dos Campos
Italy Paolo De Marchis - Liceo Classico Statale E Instituto Professionale - Torino
Carlo Villavecchia - Liceo Classico Statale E Insituto Professionale - Torino
Japan Gen Kawase - Katsushika Junior High School - Tokyo
Russia Alexander Serebrov - All Russian Aerospace Society - Moscow
Alabama Barbara Adams - Bob Jones High School - Madison
Jane Knight - Danville-Neel Elementary - Danville
California Toni Cummings - Sunkist Elementary - Anaheim
James DuVal - Mesa View Middle School - Huntington Beach
Trina Dye - International Elementary - Long Beach
Roger Brossmer - Downey High School - Downey
Julie Bookman - Palmdale High School - Palmdale
Peter Finstuen - Sycamore Elementary - Simi Valley
Florida Gil Burlew - Palm Bay High School - Melbourne
Kansas Janet Baker - Kellogg Science/Technology Elementary Magnet - Wichita
Sherrie Rebel - Derby Hills Elementary - Derby
Mississippi Melissa Jane Dodson - Long Beach High School - Long Beach
Missouri Christopher Gardner - Cool Valley - Florissant
Dulcie Scalf - Robinwood Elementary -- Florissant
Ohio Criss Nadolson - Lakewood Junior High - Hebron
Oklahoma Rebecca Harris - Kendall-Whittier Elementary - Tulsa
Pennsylvania Thomas Locklear - Blessed Katharine Drexel - Chester
Dorothy Waninger - Lakeview Elementary - Ridley Park
Texas Gloria Hodges - High school for Engineering Professions - Houston
Angela Thompson - Riverside High School - El Paso
Washington William Ardissono - Kamiak High School - Mukilteo
Aracelis Hartley-Lewis - Northwood Junior High - Renton
Ron Pearson - Voyager Middle School - Everett
Andrew Song - Glenridge Elementary - Renton