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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Betsy Denson
713-292-0236
or 1-800-392-4340, ext. 1236
Lady Oliver
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Celestron Contact: Vicki Catterton
Marketing Manager
310-328-9560 ext. 298

CELESTRON® AND THE GIRL SCOUTS LAUNCH JOINT PROGRAM TO ENGAGE HANDS-ON DISCOVERY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH

Award Winning SkyScout® Personal Planetariums™ Donated To Girl Scout Council Members Nationwide

HOUSTON, TX – (July 26, 2007) – Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the world’s preeminent youth development organization solely for girls, announced today at its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) meeting at the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council’s Casa Mare Camp in Houston, TX, a joint program with Celestron® to encourage interest in space exploration and astronomy among America’s youth. As a leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes, Celestron marked the occasion with a donation of 100 Celestron SkyScouts® to support the Girl Scouts’ STEM programs, which work to increase science and technology literacy among today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

Today, 41% of all Girl Scout awards (Try-Its, Badges and Interest Project Patches) are related to STEM topics. As part of its STEM programming, GSUSA has partnered with NASA to provide the Girl Scouts access to educational materials and experts that enrich girl program experiences.

“We are really excited to collaborate with Celestron as part of our STEM programming,” said Kate Pickle, STEM Project Manager. “SkyScout is a fantastic learning aid that will be a great tool to kindle the curiosity of our girls and provide them with a fun, interactive way to push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes.”

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About the size of a camcorder and weighing less than 16 ounces, the SkyScout utilizes a consumer-friendly “point and shoot” GPS technology that enables stargazers to instantly identify and/or locate over 6,000 celestial objects in the sky with the press of a button and listen to commentary on the object and its history. The SkyScout also has a “locate” feature that allows users to select an object they wish to view (i.e. Mars) and the SkyScout, using illuminated arrows in the viewfinder, will point the user to the object.

“Teaming-up with the Girl Scouts’ STEM program is a perfect partnership for us. As today's Girl Scouts are preparing to take on the 21st century's many technological opportunities and challenges, SkyScout makes science and technology, approachable and fun for all,” said Joseph A. Lupica Jr., president and CEO of Celestron. “SkyScout is the ideal tool for people of all ages that have ever looked up at the night sky and had a desire to know more about the objects that make-up our surrounding universe.”

The formal donation was made today at a STEM program ceremony during the Girl Scouts’ STEM training, when Celestron gave a demonstration to STEM program participants and local Girl Scouts and presented the Girl Scouts with a check for the value of the donation, approximately $40,000.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

About Celestron

Celestron is a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes. Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become one of the world’s leading telescope makers, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron’s innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association and more. Celestron sells and markets its products worldwide through a variety of specialty retail outlets and international distributors. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities, in Torrance, CA. For more information about Celestron and the SkyScout product please visit, http://www.celestron.com and http://www.myskyscout.com.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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