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NASA Partners With Sanford School

Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School for Math, Science and Technology has been named a 2005 NASA Explorer School. A kick-off to announce the partnership is scheduled for November 4, 2005 at 9:30 A. M. in the school’s multi-purpose room. The school-wide assembly program will include a music video, activities and distinguished NASA guests including Dr. Jim Kennedy, Director of Kennedy Space Center; Clarence Bostic, NASA Explorer Schools coordinator; Congressional guests; an astronaut; and other NASA officials. It will end with the NASA Explorer School presentation to the school.

Goldsboro Elementary, one of 50 schools selected this year, is the only Central Florida elementary school in the state selected to participate in the three-year partnership with NASA. The relationship gives the school a $17,500 NASA grant, sustained professional development, unique student learning opportunities, technology integration, video conferencing, and family involvement opportunities.

NASA will sponsor an outreach program as part of the kick-off. “Experience the Wonders of the Night Sky”, a night event, is planned for Goldsboro students, parents and teachers. Interested community members are invited to attend and review the stars with an astronaut and NASA officials.

Goldsboro Elementary, a Seminole County Public School, is the site of the only Kids Space Center (KSC) in Florida and is one of the key features that appeal to students attending the school. Students in all grades from Kindergarten through fifth grade visit the KSC with their class on a regular basis to investigate science and space concepts. The Space Center also integrates language arts, math, science, technology and literature to provide an integrated and well-balanced curriculum that compliments academic skills taught in the general education classroom.