School district named NASA Explorer School

July 09, 2004

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School District recently was selected as one of 50 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Explorer Schools (NES) in a national competitive process, according to a news release from the Greencastle-Antrim Foundation.

Greencastle-Antrim will have a three-year partnership with NASA designed to bring NASA's mathematics, science and technology learning to educators, students, and families, the release said.

While partnered with NASA, the Greencastle-Antrim NES team will acquire and use new teaching resources and technology tools for grades seven through nine using NASA's content, experts and other resources. Schools in the program are eligible to receive up to $17,500 (pending continued funding) over the three-year period to purchase technology tools that support science and mathematics instruction.

The objectives of the NES program are:

  • Increase student interest and participation in science, mathematics and technology.

  • Increase student knowledge about careers in science, mathematics and technology.

  • Increase student ability to apply science, mathematics and technology concepts.

  • Increase the active participation and professional growth of educators in science, mathematics and technology.

  • Increase family involvement in student learning.

  • Increase the academic assistance for and technology use by educators in schools with high populations of underserved students.

Tara Clopper, ninth-grade science teacher at Greencastle-Antrim High School, is the NES team leader. Clopper attended a week long leadership conference for NES team leaders at the Kennedy Space Center in May.


"Being selected as a NASA Explorer School is not only an honor, but brings access to a lot of resources and experiences for Greencastle students and community members that they wouldn't ordinarily have," Clopper said in the release.

"Students will video-conference with NASA scientists, take field trips to NASA centers and have internship opportunities with NASA. Teachers will have access to wonderful and enriching professional development opportunities and educational resources for their classrooms and community and family members will have many opportunities to learn more about NASA."

Greencastle-Antrim is one of 50 new NASA Explorer Schools selected nationally this year. More than 300 schools applied to become a NASA Explorer School, the release said.

Serving on the G-A NES Team are: Clopper, high school science teacher; Tom Crossman, middle school math teacher; Kevin Traynor, middle school geo-environmental studies teacher; Kate Deater, high school dean; Angie Garland, Antrim Township Land Use officer; Kathy Olivier, middle school parent representative; and Ginny Lays, high school parent representative.

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