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NASA grant to benefit 8 Ventura County schools

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Students at eight high schools in Ventura County will get to enhance their studies of global climate change science, thanks to a $590,000 grant obtained from NASA by a CSU Channel Islands education professor.

The 2011 Innovation in Global Climate Change Education grant will be used to train biology and Earth science teachers at eight high schools: six in the Oxnard Union High School District and one each in the Ventura Unified School District and Santa Paula Union High School District.

The grant, secured by professor Bob Bleicher, will be used to help teachers incorporate NASA resources such as climate change data and other printed and online material into their lessons.

Bleicher said the goal of the grant is to get more students, and particularly underrepresented minorities, to pursue higher education and careers in science.

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