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Media Advisory 04-09

Classrooms of the Future:

Expo to Highlight Innovative Teaching and Curriculums

March 12, 2004

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites members of the news media to see innovative methods of teaching grade-school science and mathematics—from a curriculum on robotics to math lessons infused with elements of traditional Yu'pik Eskimo culture—at an exposition being held in Washington, DC on March 16, as part of national Excellence in Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (ESTME) Week.

The ESTME Expo, which is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education's Science Summit at the Washington Hilton, will feature exhibits by 29 different organizations, many of them NSF supported. Arden L. Bement, Jr., NSF's acting director, will preside over a panel discussion on making connections between classroom teaching and informal science learning outside of school. Judith Ramaley, who heads NSF's education and human resources directorate, will open the Expo.

Bement also will join John H. Marburger III, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Education Secretary Rod Paige and Sean O'Keefe, NASA administrator, on a brief tour of the EXPO exhibits.

Media are encouraged to cover the tour and interview exhibitors. Camera crews should contact NSF's Dena Headlee, (703) 292-7739,, to make arrangements to attend, as space is limited.

In addition to organizing the Expo and participating in the summit, NSF and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) as part of ESTME Week will also offer students the opportunity to "Ask a Scientist or Engineer" specific questions related to science, math, or technology between March 15 and 20. The special ESTME Week service is an extension of the existing Ask NSDL Web site.

Established by NSF and developed through a cooperative effort of educators, scientists and content providers, NSDL is envisioned as one of the world's most comprehensive digital educational networks.


Arden L. Bement, Jr., NSF acting director
John H. Marburger, III, White House OSTP director
Rod Paige, Secretary of Education
Sean O'Keefe, NASA administrator


A tour of the ESTME Expo, a hands-on exhibit of innovative science and mathematics teaching techniques


Tuesday, March 16, 2004
9:10 a.m.


International Ballroom, west
Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
For Directions, see



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