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NASA Engineers Visit the Classroom
02.23.04
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office
Phone: 216-433-5795
Email: sallie.keith@nasa.gov

Release: 04-013

Engineers are practical inventors who use science and technology to turn ideas into reality, making our lives easier, healthier, more productive and fun. In order to create a better understanding of what engineers do, more than 80 engineers from NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, will visit students in classrooms throughout Northeastern Ohio during National Engineers Week, February 22-28.

Students, grades K-12, will meet with Glenn employees representing aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, material, mechanical and research engineering. By sharing the ways they use mathematics and science in their jobs, the engineers hope to excite students and encourage them to consider a future career in engineering.

Engineers visiting elementary schools will share hands on activities such as allowing students an opportunity to build their own paper plane to see how added weight affects flight. Older students may get to see demonstrations of engine parts or wind tunnels. All of the students will get to see first hand the passion that Glenn engineers hold for their profession.

This program of classroom visits is part of the National Engineers Week activities in the Cleveland area and is supported by Glenn's Educational Programs Office in conjunction with the Cleveland Area National Engineers Week Committee.

The National Society of Professional Engineers established National Engineers Week in 1951. Its purpose is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession.

Each year National Engineers Week takes place at the time of George Washington's birthday. His agricultural, military and land-surveying skills led to his acquiring the title of our nation's first engineer. He directed a growing society toward technical advancements, invention and education. An order issued by George Washington in June 1778 called for engineers and engineering education and is considered to be the origin of the U.S. Army Engineering School.

To determine which schools are participating in this year's program, please refer to the following list. Media representatives interested in covering these visits will need to make arrangements directly with the schools involved.