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NASA and Pearson Scott Foresman Join Forces to Enhance Science Curriculum

Goal to Help Students See Learning in a Whole New Light

Upper Saddle River, NJ - March 24, 2003. - Pearson Education, the world's largest educational publisher (a Pearson company, NYSE: PSO) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announce an agreement to collaborate on elementary and middle school science curricula. NASA will partner with Pearson Scott Foresman, the leading preK-6 educational publisher , on a multi-faceted project to spark students' imaginations, encourage interest in space exploration, and enhance elementary science curriculum.

Under the terms of the special relationship, Pearson Scott Foresman editors and authors will draw upon NASA's rich archival material and extensive research in biological, physical, earth and space sciences to create the Scott Foresman Science series for elementary levels. NASA experts will review the content, and Pearson Scott Foresman will ensure that the curricula reflects the National Science Education Standards, Project 2061 Benchmarks, and specific, targeted state standards.

"One of NASA's most important goals is to continue to motivate students to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology," says Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA Associate Administrator, Office of Education. "Our work with Pearson Scott Foresman will allow us to reach students at a young age, and inspire them by connecting science content in the classroom with compelling real-world experiences."

Before the new Pearson Scott Foresman series is published, specific lessons will be developed for students and teachers that follow the steps that Barbara Morgan-NASA's first Educator Astronaut and a second and third grade teacher-will take in preparation for flight into space.

"We want students and teachers to see learning in a whole new light," says Paul McFall, president, Pearson Scott Foresman. "Our goal with NASA is to produce a highly engaging, standards-based science curriculum that encourages students to want to learn more about science, exploration, and the possibilities of human endeavor."

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For more information about NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/