The Key Peninsula Middle School became the first and only school in the state to be selected to participate in the NASA Explorer School program. The three-year program is a partnership between NASA and 50 schools selected from around the country each year. The program will begin during the 2004-05 school year. KPMS science teacher Kareen Borders said she and the other 49 team leads will fly to Cape Canaveral in Florida in May for a five-day leadership institute and orientation that will officially kick off the program.

According to NASA, during the partnership “the NES teams acquire and use new teaching resources and technology tools using NASA’s unique content, experts and other resources.” Schools may get the chance to “participate in authentic experiences with NASA science and technology; apply NASA science, mathematics, and technology knowledge to real-world issues
and problems; and participate in special events and other opportunities.”

The official announcement was made just as the Key Peninsula News was going to press. Read upcoming issues for details on this exciting news.