NASA Hispanic Educational Outreach


This page was created to recognize our NASA Hispanic Employees’ Educational Outreach efforts throughout the country and around the world.

For other activities related to Hispanics working at NASA centers, please visit Hispanic News Release page


  1. NASA Marshall Center’s Hispanics Encourages Hispanic Community to Focus on Education
    10.06.08 – Jose Roman hopes to spread an important message to minority youth during the center’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month observance: Focus on education.
    NASA News Release: 08-149
  2. NASA Glenn’s tribute to Hispanics
    In honor of NASA�s 50th Anniversary Celebration and the associated events taking place at the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Hispanic Advisory Council will be creating a tribute to Hispanics of Glenn Research Center. The tribute will be showcased during the May 17th – 18th GRC Lewis Field Open House and May 31st – June 1st GRC Plum Brook Station Open House.
    POC: Daniel Rodr�guez, Chair, GRC Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC) at
  3. NASA Hispanics Engineers and Scientists Participation at Puerto Rico Turabo’s 10th Aerospace Education Great Celebration
    [Preliminary Program for April 1 3 – 2 0 t h , 2008]
    (4/13/08) Opening Ceremony: Celebrating NASA’S 50th Anniversary that has Inspired Generations of Explorers in Puerto Rico … as Only NASA can.
    Keynote speakers: Gilberto Col�n, Goddard Space Center, Ada Monz�n, Meteorologist, UNIVISION, Global Microscope Community presentation, Prof. C�sar Bandera, New Jersey Institute of Technology.
    WHERE: Jard�n Bot�nico de Caguas
    Presentation: Puerto Rico NASA�S Engineers and Scientist: a Legacy for the Humankind. Stories to be told, remembered and follow.
    (4/14) Puerto Rico NASA�S Engineers and Scientists: a Legacy for the Humankind.
    (4/16) NASA DAY
    Where: Centro de Bellas Artes, Caguas
    (4/17) NASA Elementary School STEM Day
    WHERE: Exhibitions Museo de Arte de PR, Museo de Arte Contempor�neo de PR, Maletas Cient�fico- art�ticas, Global Microscope Presentation, ANITEATRO.
    (4/18) Integrating NASA�S Education and Research Projects in PR, Advancing NASA’S Mission:(sponsored by the PR Space Grant Consortium)
    NASA Day for 8th to 12th grade, NASA’s Community Blast at Night PR Stargazers & Starseekers Adventure (sponsored by the Sociedad de Astronom�a)
    Where: Jard�n Bot�nico � Caguas
    (4/20) Goofy Science Family Day, Closing Ceremony
    WHERE: Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico
  4. NASA Langley participation at 2008 VA HYS Hispanic Heroes Workshop
    Guillermo Gonzalez (CEV Orion LAS project) and Debbie Martinez (Orion Flight Test Article project) have volunteered to participate as Hispanic Heroes at the 2008 Hispanic Youth Symposium (HYS) at the University of Richmond on July 17. This event is sponsored by the Hispanic College Fund. The Hispanic Heroes Workshop is a session in which students are able to connect to leaders in the community, learning about the many roads to success from professionals in the area.
    Web Site:
  5. 2008 Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program � Mentorship
    Mr. Guillermo A. Gonzalez (ESB/SED), Robert Singleterry (DDTRB/RTD), and Ms. Debbie Mart�nez, (SEIO/SED) participated as the �Living There� Team�s Scholar Mentors in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program held at NASA Langley Research Center during July 28th through August 1st, 2008. The VASTS program [] is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a six-day residential summer academy at NASA LaRC in Hampton, Virginia. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and NASA LaRC with assistance from the Virginia Department of Education. The VASTS is modeled after the highly successful, NASA award winning Texas Aerospace Scholars program developed by NASA Johnson Space Center. Scholars participate with NASA mentors and VASTS staff in on-line discussions during the year. These online discussions focus on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, the Moon, and Mars. At the end of the week on-site, they presented details of their mission to NASA engineers, administrators, astronauts, state legislators, parents, and other VIPs at the closing ceremony. These projects represent the culmination of knowledge gained from the online modules, and they are displayed in the online gallery for viewing by parents, legislators, NASA engineering mentors, and NASA administrators.
  6. NASA LaRC Representation at 1st Annual Federal Hispanic Career Advancement Summit
    Jorge Otero and Mike Madrid from NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) attended the First Annual Federal Hispanic Career Advancement Summit in DC last week and participated on a panel entitled “Hispanic Success Stories.” The summit highlighted the fact that Hispanics in the Federal Government remain the only minority group that is underrepresented. According to OPM report for FY 2007, there was 7.8% Hispanics in the federal workforce, compared to 13.3% in the civilian labor force. As time has passed, the gap between the Hispanic representation in the federal sector and Hispanics in the civilian labor force has widened.
    For example, this gap was 3% in FY 1988 and 5.5% in 2007. According to OPM, Hispanic representation in the career senior executive service and the developmental pool in grades 14 & 15 is not any better. Hispanics make up 3.6% (236) of the SES slots, 4.1% (2,420) of the GS-15s, and 4.6% (4,191) of the GS-14s in FY 2007. Yet, according to the 2007 OPM report, Hispanics represented 9.7% (31,860) in grades 5 through 8, and 8.6% (43,813) in grades 9 through 12.
    WEB SITE: Federal Hispanic Career Advancement Summit
    JSC Deputy Director Ellen Ochoa has been chosen as the first woman to receive the Engineer of the Year award by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference. This award recognizes overall leadership and technical achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For complete biographical information, visit: or NASA Release: J08-013,
  8. De los Suenos a las estrellas – La NASA Cumple Medio Siglo (NASA Celebrates Half A Century)
    Latinos en la NASA-Ingeniero: Orlando Melindez, Felix A. Soto, Mar’a Lopez, Joseph Tellado, Miguel A. Rodriguez, and Rafael Gelpi.
  9. 2008 HENAAC Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award – NASA Hispanic Recipients
    – Dr. Ellen Ochoa, NASA JSC Deputy Director, awarded HENAAC’s Hispanic Engineer of the Year
    – Adabelle Narvaez-Legeza, Chief Engineer for Ares 1-X Program at NASA GRC awared HENAAC’s Professional Achievement Award


  1. 2007 HENAAC Winner – Executive Excellence Olga D. Gonzalez-Sanabria
    HENAAC is proud to announce the 2007 HENAAC Award Winners in Engineering & Science. Winners in each category represent the nation�s best and brightest engineers and scientists. They were selected by the HENAAC Selection Committee, an independent group of representatives from industry, government, military and academia. The winners will be honored at the HENAAC Awards Show on October 12, 2007, and throughout other events at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, CA during the 19th Annual HENAAC Conference, October 11 � 13, 2007.
    Web site:
  2. NASA Centers Celebrate HHM:
    NASA Langley, Virginia: The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP) has invited Mr. Alberto (Al) Guerra, President of the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to speak at the Center on October 4, 2007 at !0:00 am on the 2007 Hispanic Heritage Month National Theme is “Hispanic Americans: Making a Positive Impact on American Society.” All NASA LaRC civil servants and contractors are invited to attend.
    NASA Glenn, Ohio:
    2007 Hispanic Heritage Month Observance Event Featured Speaker: Luis Proenza. As Chief Executive Officer of The University of Akron, the public research University for Northern Ohio, Dr. Luis M. Proenza provides overall leadership to more than 4,500 faculty and staff and oversees an annual budget of $350 million serving more than 24,000 students in 350 academic programs, including a consortium medical school and three branch campuses.When: October 3, 2007 – 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Administration Building Auditorium POC: Daniel Rodr�guez, Chair, GRC Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC),
    NASA Ames, California:
    5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Golf Tournament. October 12, 2007. Hosted by Ames Research Center Hispanic Advisory Committee for Employees (HACE). Cost is $75 with Golf Cart. To Register contact Salena Japlit at (650)604-6811 Plus: celebrating Disability Awareness Month Event at NASA Ames. Latina Guest speaker: Kathy Martinez, Executive Director of World Institute on Disability (WID). On October 16 at N201 Auditorium. POC: Dana Bolles at
  3. NASA Names Astronaut Ellen Ochoa Deputy Director of Johnson – 1st Hispanic woman astronaut – Oct ’07
    Veteran astronaut Ellen Ochoa has been named the next deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Ochoa is a four-time space flier who has served as director of flight crew operations at Johnson. She will succeed Bob Cabana, who was named director of NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Ochoa will assume duties as deputy director after the next space shuttle mission, STS-120.
    NASA News Release:
  4. NASA Langley’s Cover Girl
    She�s accomplished. She�s a role model. She�s on the cover of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Magazine�s December premiere issue. She�s Debbie Martinez, a computer engineer at NASA Langley.
    Full Article: NASA Langley’s Cover Girl
  5. NASA LaRC Supports Hispanic Heritage Month at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Ms. Debbie Mart�nez, Deputy Manager in the Space Operations Program Office (SOPO), was the guest Speaker at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) at the Daytona Beach, Florida, Campus during their celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on October 17, 2007. Ms. Mart�nez presented ERAU students and faculty with NASA�s vision for Space Exploration.
    To read more about Ms. Mart�nez, visit
  6. Hispanic Employees Contributions at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC)
    1) Dr. Ruben Del Rosario was selected as the Project Manager for the Subsonic Fixed Wing project within the Aeronautics Projects Implementation Office at NASA GRC, OH.
    2) Dr. Felix Miranda was a recognized for his contributions at the GRC 2007 R&D 100 Awards. He was among the GRC researchers who received three 2007 R&D 100 Awards. With three Glenn-developed technologies named among this year’s 100 most technically significant products of the year, the Center has earned 100 of the coveted “R&D 100 Awards.” Recipients were recognized during the R&D 100 Awards banquet, celebrating 45 Years of Innovation, on October 18, at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
  7. NASA Stennis Held an International Festival
    �WE ARE SIMILAR… WE ARE DIFFERENT… WE ARE STENNIS� was the theme of NASA Stennis Space Center�s (SSC) Diversity and International Festival held Oct. 3rd. Cultural and civic groups visited SSC to help highlight the site�s diversity and represent cultures from around the world. Several groups performed, including dancers from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (top photo). Celtic and Balkan musicians demonstrated their instruments; cloggers and a bluegrass band also performed. Thirty different groups or individuals set up booths where they offered ethnic food for tasting, handed out informational brochures or displayed arts and crafts of their cultures. In addition to NASA and CNMOC, the festival was sponsored by NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC), Naval Oceanographic Office, Computer Sciences Corp., Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, Jacobs Technology, Applied Geo Technologies, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Rotary International, Science Applications International Corp. and the U.S. Geological Survey.


  1. Latina Women of NASA Featured in “Ay Mija, Why Do You Want To Be An Engineer?” Book
    On March 26 at the St. Louis Science Center will be the grand publishing of “Ay Mija, Why Do You Want To Be An Engineer?” by Author & Historical Researcher Edna Campos Gravenhorst, The book features twelve Latina engineers from around the country, three of which are NASA engineers and participants of Latina Women Of NASA web site. They are: Laurie Yvette Carrillo (from NASA JSC), Olga D. Gonzalez- Sanabria (NASA GRC), and Debbie Mart�nez (NASA LaRC).
    This event will be at hosted by Commentary Gilberto Pinela Host Hispanic TV Enterate on UPN. Reading by author, Edna Campos Gravenhorst . The book is intended for young adults and will be sold the day of the event. The author, illustrator and presenters will be available to sign books after the event.
    Web Site: AHETEMS
  2. Latina Women of NASA Guest Speaker at Charles E. Miner School
    On February 2, 2006, Debbie Martínez, a Computer Engineer in the Flight Simulation
    and Software Branch [currently detailed in the Flight Operations Branch] and participant/coordinator of Latina Women Of NASA website [] was the guest speaker at the Charles E. Miner [K-9] school in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Ms. Martínez discussed her work experience at NASA LaRC and encouraged students to pursue careers in science and technology. Approximately 100 students (grades: 2nd,3rd, 4th & 6th) attended her presentations.


  1. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month through NASA’s Digital Learning Network
    September 15 through October 15, 2005, is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the achievements of Hispanic Americans. In conjunction with National Hispanic month, personnel at NASA Langley Research Center will be reading children’s classics in Spanish to first and second grade students at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. Barrett, a NASA Explorer School, utilizes First Language Support (FLS) program to accelerate academic achievement through instruction in students’ native language. Skills and concepts learned in their first language are then transferred to the learning of English language and academic subjects. Seventy-two percent of the student population at Barrett is Hispanic.
    NASA personnel will share their love of reading with these primary grade students via LaRC’s Digital Learning Network. In these interactive events, students will listen to the story, answer comprehension questions, and participate in a hands-on activity. At the end of the connection, the NASA personnel will inscribe the book, which will then be sent to the students.
    Americans of Hispanic descent are engineers and mathematicians, scientists and technologists, educators and astronauts. Inspiring students to read opens a world of possibilities and opportunities for students of all cultures.
    POC: Ms. Rachael Manzer, Digital Learning Network, NASA Langley Research Center at (757) 864-8703
  2. OEd and SHPE Exploring Educational Partnership
    On Wednesday, January 19, 2004, Dr. Thom Pinelli and Sharon Bowers (IPA-Virginia Beach City Public Schools) initiated a telecon with Rafaela Schwan and Gary Cruz of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
    Founded in 1974, the primary function of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is to (1) enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science and (2) promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions. (Ms. Schwan and Mr. Cruz are the SHPE managers for K-12 and college/university programs, respectively.) The parties agreed to pursue the development of a formalized partnership involving the NASA Langley Center for Distance Learning and SHPE that will include SHPE student and professional members becoming the official mentoring partner for Noticiencias NASA�, the training of SHPE student and professional members to conduct education and outreach events, the joint preparation and publication of K- 12 classroom activities and experiments, and the use of NASA LIVE� to connect SHPE student and professional members to NASA.
    The OEd/SHPE partnership is being pursued as part of NASA Langley’s Hispanic Education Initiative that is managed by Ivelisse Gilman.


  1. Hispanic Engineer Helps Space Station Crews Stay Fit
    Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carlos Ortiz-Longo liked to take things apart. His father, a medical doctor, encouraged his young son’s curiosity, helping him learn the way things work, even teaching him to fix his own bicycle. Today, Ortiz-Longo is still fixing his bicycle. Only this one is more than 200 miles above the Earth, on the International Space Station. Ortiz-Longo manages a team of more than 30 people who keep the Station’s exercise equipment tuned. The Crew Health Care System and Exercise Countermeasures team is located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.
    For more information, visit NASA New RELEASE : 04-141
    Media organizations interested in interviewing Ortiz-Longo should contact Julie Burt, JSC Office of Public Affairs at: 281/483-5111.
    Dr. Nitza Margarita Cintron, chief of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) Space Medicine and Health Care Systems Office, is a long way from her native Puerto Rico. Her plan to stay at NASA for only two years resulted in a 26-year career. Cintron was inducted into the Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Conference’s (HENAAC) Hall of Fame on October 7, 2004 during its 16th Annual Conference. The Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to recognize the contributions of Hispanics in science, engineering and technology. With Cintron, its membership numbers 25. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cintron holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and an M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Cintron has published scores of papers and holds numerous awards. Among them is the JSC Director’s Commendation and Innovation Award, the center’s highest award for civil servants. Cintron’s advice to young people is, “In everything you do, always do you very best, be your very best. Everyone has skills and talents, and if you do your very best with them, you will always be a winner.”
    NASA New RELEASE : 04-346. For more information, visit Latina Women of NASA
    Media organizations interested in interviewing Cintron should contact John Ira Petty, JSC Office of Public Affairs, at: 281/483-5111.
    The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) held its first interest meeting at NASA Langley Research Center’s H.J.E. Reid Conference Center on Thursday, September 30 from 5-6 PM. Various professional individuals were invited to determine if enough interest existed in the Hampton Roads area to establish a local SHPE chapter.
    Meeting was coordinated by Mr. Juan Carlos Lam and Mrs. Venita Robinson (HEPM)
    The NASA LaRC Distance Learning in cooperation with Christopher Newport University (CNU) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has created the VINNY� Awards. Named in honor of Leonard da Vinci, a man famous for the creative use of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve human problems, the VINNY is designed to help heighten and increase awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). VINNY is a global video competition.
    The competition challenges teams, made up of three students and one teacher, to identify and research a global problem and discover ways that STEM can be used to help solve it. Each team submitted a one-minute video explaining the global problem and a possible STEM solution. Submissions were made in six categories: English language video from elementary school grades 3-5, middle school grades 6-8, and high school grades 9-12 and Spanish language video from elementary school grades 3-5, middle school grades 6-8, and high school grades 9-12.
    NASA Langley Judges were Victor Carreño, Waldo Rodriquez (Research Scientist) and Debbie Martinez (Computer Engineer). The final winning team will be announced at the VINNY Competition Awards Ceremony in May 6, 2004 at 2:00 PM EST.
    On January 16, 2004, “El Nuevo Dia” newspaper (from Puerto Rico) reporter Jose Delgado and photographer Jeanette Claudio were invited to NASA LaRC. The visit was coordinated by Ivelisse Gilman (Office of Education – Hispanic Outreach) and Kim Land (Office of Public Affairs). NASA LaRC field tour included: 14×22 subsonic wind tunnel (Gloria Hernandez), Cockpit Motion Facility (Debbie Mart�nez), and Structures and Materials facilities (Lucas Horta). This tour emphasized work opportunities LaRC presents for Hispanic employees. The on-line report of this visit entitled “

Motivados los puertorrique�os de la NASA

    ” may be found at


  1. [Full PRESS RELEASE (No. 03-086) or other LaRC News ReleasesIn an effort to inspire the next generation of Hispanic engineers and scientists, NASA Langley Research Center and Univision in Puerto Rico have partnered to broadcast Noticiencias NASA�, a series of one-minute video-and web-based programs, targeted for students in grades 3-5. The educational programs started airing on Dec. 13, 2003 during their Saturday morning children’s programming starting at 8 a.m. Offered byNASA LaRC Distance Learning, the programs are designed to turn kids on to the excitement and fun of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in the hope that they will want to pursue careers in those fields.

PRESS RELEASE (No. 03-084)

    or other

LaRC News Releases

    ] Hoping to enhance the future U.S. scientific work force, NASA is launching Noticiencias NASA�, a new program under the agency’s Hispanic Education Initiative. Designed for students in grades K-5, Noticiencias NASA� is a Spanish-language, research-inquiry, standards-based, and technology-focused educational program. Noticiencias NASA� uses the Internet, animation and video. It will introduce a rising population of young Hispanics to the world of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, NASA missions and research.

According to the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, Hispanics are the fastest growing sector of the school-age population, the work force of tomorrow. It is projected in 25 years; one in every four children in U.S. elementary schools will be Hispanic. 

    Noticiencias NASA™ is sponsored by NASA’s Office of Biology & Physical Research (OBPR) and produced by

NASA LaRC Distance Learning

  •  First issue of “El Noticiero de NASA” newsletter [October 2003] This newsletter strives to engage the Hispanic education community in NASA’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. The underlying goals of the newsletter are to share information on achievements in NASA related education and research and foster networking among Hispanic educators, researchers, students and parents� “as only NASA can“. Website: “El Noticiero de NASA” newsletter [October 2003]
    NASA helped to encourage an estimated 325,000 high school students of Hispanic descent to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week 2003, Oct.13-16.” One of NASA’s core goals is to inspire the next generation of explorers, a diverse group of young people who will replenish our aging workforce, ” remarked Dr. Clifford W. Houston who is NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Programs. ” Our participation at HESTEC Week events enables us to reach an enormous audience of Hispanic students, advancing our ability to inspire and motivate young people traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related careers, ” he said.
    NASA Langley Research Center newest program, NASA’s Kids Science News Network � ( KSNN ), is a Spanish language series of video and web-based programs designed to turn kids in grades K-2 and 3-5 on to the excitement and fun of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as only NASA can!NASA’s KSNN�,or Noticiencias NASA in Spanish , features Hispanic children explaining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and facts about NASA to other kids in an entertaining and instructional format. This program is designed to introduce young Hispanics to the “world of science,” to scientific inquiry, and to inspire them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.The KSNN Web Site is not only a useful tool for educators to enhance and enrich their classroom curriculum, but it is also a valuable asset for parents to share the fun and exciting content with their child while being actively involved with their learning.

    NASA’s KSNN� also provides an opportunity for both educators and parents to help students increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics thus giving them an edge as they face the demands of the future.

    Ms. Ivelisse Gilman from the Office of Education manages Langley’s Hispanic Education Initiative, which is an outreach effort to help inspire future Hispanic engineers and scientists. For more information about this or other NASA LaRC Distance Learning programs, contact Ivelisse Gilman at 757-864-5036. [Article: 8/03]

  • Latina Women Of NASA Supports “Career Quest” workshop at Bayam�n Prep Inter-American University
    The “Career Quest” is an English workshop being offered (July to August 1, 2003) to 24 Proyecto Access’ participants (between 13 & 15 years of age) at Bayam�n Prep Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. The workshop is intended to help development of the participant’s language skills. As part of the workshop activity, students research on the career they would like to pursue by interviewing people in different fields like those featuresd on Latina Women Of NASA website.
    POC: Pilar V�zquez (, Associate Professor in the Languages Department at Inter American University Bayam�n, Puerto Rico. Ph: 787-279-1912 ext. 42140, 42769 [Article: 7/03]
  • Hispanics@NASA LaRC in the News
    Mr. Guillermo Gonzalez (SEC/Electronics Systems Branch) had a live radio interview by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Latin America Group about his work on the Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Survey of MARS (ARES) Airplane. The interview was in Spanish on June 2, 2003 at 10 AM EST and will be transmitted to South America and through their web site. This interview was organized by Dr. Arlene S. Levine, Manager of the ARES Education and Public Outreach (EPO) office. For more information, visit the BBC website at:
    Ms. Debbie Mart�nez (AirSC/Systems Development Branch) was selected as a “Powerhitter in Business and Technology” by the editors of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine ( published in May 2003 edition. Being selected for this list is one of the most prestigious honors in the Hispanic professional community. Thousands of candidates are reviewed, and those that are selected stand out in areas such as professional achievement, technological innovation, and community leadership. Ms. Mart�nez is recognized for her support of NASA Hispanic educational outreach via the HEP@NASA LaRC (, the Latina Women of NASA (, and the Hispanic Astronaut ( websites. For more information on other NASA Hispanics at LaRC, visit Hispanics@NASA LaRC – Achievements
  • NASA SCI Files Airs “The Case of the Galactic Vacation”
    “The Case of the Galactic Vacation,” the ninth and final program in the 2002-2003 season of the NASA SCIence Files� will air on PBS stations nationwide ( locally on WHRO, Channel 15) and internally on LaRC Channel 10 from 11:00 AM – noon (EDT) on Wednesday, May 14.
    In this episode, the tree house detectives “go galactic” with their latest class project as they try to create the ultimate “out-of-this-world vacation.” They visit NASA Langley Research Center to learn more about the Moon from Ed Prior and more about Mars from Bobby Braun. The detectives visit Starship 2040 and Derek Wang of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center to learn about the future of tourists in space. They also learn about the next generation of propulsion systems from Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz at NASA Johnson Space Center and talk with the Expedition 6 crew as they learn what it is like to work and live in space. Barbara Morgan, Astronaut Educator, opens the show as the guest celebrity.
    This episode showcases the Langley Hispanic Education Initiative by highlighting the history, people, and culture of Puerto Rico. You won’t want to miss Bianca’s internship at the Arecibo Observatory where she learns about radio telescopes and the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. Bianca also receives help from the Antonio Gonzales Suarez Bilingual School in A�asco, Puerto Rico where Alice Acevedo’s fourth grade class, who are members of the NASA SCIence Files� Kids Club, along with mentors from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) learn how to measure distances in space. The NASA SCIence Files� is an Emmy�-award winning, research and standards-based, integrated mathematics, science, and technology instructional distance learning series that uses Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to teach students in grades 3-5 about science as inquiry.
  • NASA’s Educational Show to feature Arecibo Observatory
    [Full PRESS RELEASE (No. 03-018) or other LaRC News Releases]
    As part of NASA’s mission to inspire the next generation of explorers, NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and the Arecibo Observatory (an astronomical observatory, and the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world) in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, will help students plan an out-of-this-world vacation – an imaginary trip through the solar system and beyond. The Case of the Galactic Vacation (aired May 14) was filmed in Puerto Rico on March 10-14, 2003.
    For more information on NASA Langley’s Hispanic Education Initiative, please contact Ivelisse Gilman (, at 757-864-5036
  • NASA at SWE Conference in Puerto Rico
    NASA participated in a panel entitled “Women in Engineering” at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference in Mayag�ez, Puerto Rico during March 14-16, 2003.
    This 2003’s theme was: Integrating Culture into Engineering. Click on links to view this event’sPRESS RELEASE (No. 03-019) or other LaRC News Releases.
    For more info, visit or contact Milagros Mateu( at NASA HQ.


  1. NASA at the ILWC Conference in Puerto Rico
    Latina Women of NASA, Monsi Roman, Marla Perez-Davis, and Debbie Martinez, presented the General Session entitled “Challenges and Opportunities for Women in NASA” at the International Latino Women’s Congress (ILWC) conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept 25-27, 2002.


  1. Minority Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive at NASA Langley
    As part of NASA LaRC celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 1999, there was a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive held on Wednesday, October 6, 1999.
    According to the Red Cross, there is a CRITICAL need for minority donors, particularly Hispanics and Blacks…please consider registering.

    For more information, visit

NASA Outreach Links

  1. Educational Programs (Internships/Scholarships/Fellowships)
  2. NASA Langley Educational Outreach Programs

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