Celebrate ESTME At Bend Public Library Posted By: Liz Goodrich Date Posted: 3/8/2004 During ESTME, Deschutes Public Library is partnering with Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory to bring two programs to Bend. On March 16, Bob Grossfeld, Observatory Manager for the center presents information on recent unmanned space explorations, including the Mars Rovers. The second program on March 18 features Manager of Research for the center, Jay Bowerman highlighting the Oregon Spotted Frog. Both programs begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Admin Conference Room (507 NW Wall) and are free and open to the public. But what exactly is ESTME? According to Kathy Pazera, Executive Director of the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, ESTME stands for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Math Education (pronounced esteem). The U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation are partnering with scientists, engineers, and mathematicians from the private and public sectors to visit schools. This is the first year the center is participating in ESTME events. “We believe teaching natural science to children and adults today will allow them to make informed choices about our future,” added Pazera. The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory incorporated in 1982 and constructed its center in 1984. Pazera states that last year over 17,000 people visited the center. Despite the small size of the organization, the Nature Center has a rich involvement in science, with a research department collaborating with academic and agency scientists around the state, and a member of the Observatory staff who is a certified NASA ambassador. The two programs are part of an entire week of programming at the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. For more information about ESTME or events at the center, call 593-4394 or visit www.sunrivernaturecenter.org. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032 or visit www.dpls.lib.or.