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Elementary and Primary Education
Galveston Independent School District
News Release
Friday, June 10, 2011

NASA Astronauts to Visit GISD Schools for Educational Video Shoot


GALVESTON, Texas – GISD students involved with a NASA sponsored summer program and other summer camps across the district will be part of the last space shuttle mission. NASA astronauts who will fly on the final Space Shuttle Atlantis mission will be at four GISD campuses on Monday, June 13 as part of a video project in which the astronauts will answer student questions during the last mission.


The video will consist of students being recorded at the schools posing their questions about space flight and training to the NASA astronauts, who will then answer them from space after the final shuttle launch - the STS-135 mission - scheduled for July 8. The video will be shown on NASA TV channel in July on a date to be announced. The schedule for appearances on Monday is as follows:


8:30 a.m. – Austin Middle School

9:30 a.m. – Early College High School

10:30a .m. – Weis Middle School/Early Childhood University

12:00 p.m. – Morgan Elementary School


An in-flight education downlink will occur during the STS-135 mission and will be the final education downlink to occur during the space shuttle program. It’s a special opportunity for students participating as part of NASA’s Summer of Innovation program. A downlink allows educators and students to interact with crewmembers that are currently aboard the International Space Station or Space Shuttle through a question and answer session.


Through the unique experience of human spaceflight, audiences are afforded the opportunity to learn first-hand from space explorers what it is like to live and work in space. Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, facilitates these events which are designed to encourage K-12 students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Please click this link for more information about STS 135:


Meanwhile, the 21st Century Summer Programs are still accepting applications for summer camp.  Summer camp runs until June 29 from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This includes breakfast, lunch and transportation for GISD students at the following campuses: Parker, Morgan, ECU, Weis, Central, Austin, Galveston Early College, and Ball High. Also accepted are students from Satori, Galveston Catholic, and O’Connell to attend the programs at the listed GISD campuses.


The registration form is available at each of the GISD listed campuses, 21st Century Office at the Administrative Annex at 3906 Ave. T, and the GISD Support Center Reception desk at 3904 Ave T. Please sign up as soon as possible as spaces are limited.


Activities vary per campus:


NASA engineered science curriculum – Let’s Fly Aeronautics & Living In Space

Core Subject enrichment

Drug/alcohol/bully prevention

UTMB Teen Health – health evaluations

UT Community Outreach fitness programs

Red Cross babysitting certification



Field trips include excursions to RoadGamers, Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid, an H-E-B nutrition workshop, the Houston Zoo, Fun City Skate, Space Center Houston.

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