Education: May 2006 Archives

Editor's 31 May update: I just got this note Pamela Ghaffarian at Franke Park Elementary. Well Done, NASA Watch readers!

"Thank you! You did it!! The boys will be going on Sunday!! They are not even complaining (too much) about the 5 a.m. arrive at the airport time. Thank you so much!!"

In addition to NASA Watch reader generosity, Phil Plait aka "The Bad Astronomer", saw this posting on NASA Watch and posted a Paypal link on his site this morning and generated $1,000 - in just 8 hours. Well done!

Editor's 30 May update: It would seem that you folks have been rather generous. I got this note this evening - let's see if we can get that final $1,000 on Wednesday:

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who read your site. We are about $1,000 short at the moment, but I have several people sending checks from different places around the country. I cannot tell you how appreciative we are of your help. The boys are thrilled. They have already started on thank you notes, and they cannot wait to begin the article for your website. Thank you so much!

Pamela Ghaffarian, Franke Park Elementary, Multiage Classroom

Money shortage may ground NASA visit, Journal Gazette

"Franke Park is the only school in Indiana to receive a $17,000 three-year grant from NASA to learn about robots, space and meteorology. Their $3,000 trip is in limbo, though, because NASA will not pay for a summer journey, and Ghaffarian has raised less than $500 so far. A Franke Park class cookie business donated some money, and the boys worked one night at McDonald's, which gave the school 10 percent of the proceeds from their shift. Their experiment is already in Virginia, waiting to be loaded onto the rocket. The students placed nuts and bolts screwed together in tiny bottles to see whether the vibrations from the rocket will break them apart."

Boy Scouts of America and Celestron(R) Set Their "Sights'' on Space Exploration, Celestron

"The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the nation's foremost youth character development program, in partnership with Celestron, a leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes, announced a joint program to encourage interest in space exploration and astronomy among America's youth, beginning with a donation of 200 Celestron SkyScouts."

Editor's note: I sent the following proposal to NASA back in 2004 intially as something to do in connection with STS-114. I was not looking for any money. I just thought this was a good idea. I sent this over again in 2005 and 2006. I am told that several formal attempts were made to push it through the system by individuals who knew the true value of organizations such as the Scouts -- but that such efforts usually got stuck within the Education Office (of all places) and died for lack of interest on their part.

Now Celestron and the Boy Scouts have implemented something similar. Independently, they too saw a good opportunity. Yet there is no mention of NASA. Hats off to BSA and Celestron for realizing the potential. Too bad NASA could not push something like this through the system. It's not as if no one was thinking about such things outside the agency. The fact that these two private sector entities went off and did this on their own speaks volumes about the public's interest in space exploration. If only NASA was listening - and interested. Alas, sometimes NASA just can't get out of its own way.



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