Saturday, August 22, 2009

National Geographic Little Kids Launches Online

WASHINGTON — The award-winning magazine National Geographic Little Kids today launches a digital extension of the publication at Like the magazine, the companion Web site is aimed at preschoolers ages 3 to 6 and their parents, and is packed with age-appropriate ways to digitally interact with young children and excite them about the natural world. is the second National Geographic kids magazine Web site. is the Web site for National Geographic Kids magazine, a publication for the elementary school-aged set. Aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds, this Parents’ Choice Recommended Site Winner contains hundreds of videos, interactive features, games, activities, blogs and current-event feature news bites. It also features authentic kid-to-kid storytelling by real kids across the globe, bringing the world to kids’ laps via their laptops.

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Former migrant worker about to blast into space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — He toiled in California's farm fields alongside his Mexican migrant worker parents and didn't learn English until he was 12. Now Jose Hernandez, NASA astronaut, is about to rocket into orbit.

His parents will be in Florida next week for space shuttle Discovery's launch, as will his two older brothers and sister, who also worked the cucumber, sugar beet and tomato fields back in the 1960s and 1970s.

"A lot of kids loved summer vacation," Hernandez said in a recent interview. "We dreaded it because we knew what that meant. That meant we were going to be working seven days a week in the fields."

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

NASA Education

NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.

Access: NASA for students and A-Z index for students