For Release: October 28, 1999
Lori J. Rachul
Training Begins for Potential Young Astronauts
Students who harbor dreams of being the first astronaut to land on Mars will begin their journey by traveling from all over Ohio to meet and challenge one another through competitive activities designed to help them learn more about science and engineering while experiencing constraints of getting them into space.
On Saturday, November 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., approximately 350 members of Young Astronaut Clubs and other school science clubs, grades K-12, will meet to accept the challenge as NASA Glenn Research Center hosts the 7th annual Young Astronauts Day.
Activities begin in Glenn's DEB Auditorium where NASA Astronaut, Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., will give participants a "pre-launch" briefing. Curbeam flew as a mission specialist on STS-85 in 1997. He is assigned to STS-98, Space Station Assembly Mission 5A, targeted for launch in summer 2000. The STS-98 crew will deliver the U.S. Laboratory Module to the Space Station, and Curbeam will help install the Lab with a series of three spacewalks.
The Young Astronauts will then proceed to the day's competition as crewmembers in either the Pilot Division Team (K-6) or the Commander Division Team (7-12). Competitive activities will include the famous egg drop, pasta space station, seaplane challenge, barge and bridge building.
The Young Astronauts Program, established in 1984, is intended to use space exploration as a way to open up the world of math, science, technology and engineering for primary and secondary students. It is through creative hands-on activities, participating in national contests, and meeting others that share their interests that the Young Astronauts Clubs are able to provide opportunities for students to learn about science.
Glenn's Office of Educational Programs and Northern Ohio Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) are sponsoring this event.
A list of the schools and organizations participating, along with the day's agenda follows.
Schools and Organizations Participating in
Bassett Elementary School
Boy Scouts/North Coast District
Boy Scout Troop 235
Brown Middle School
Clington Middle School
Clinton Middle School
Civil Air Patrol
Girl Scout Troop 986
John Glenn Elementary School
Ledgemont Super Scientist Association
Magnificat High School
NASA Glenn Teams A & B
North Linden Elementary
Parkside Elementary School
Urban Community School
Walsh Jesuit High School
Windsor Elementary School
Woodbury Elementary School
Seventh Annual Young Astronaut Day 1999
|JOINT SESSION: DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERING BUILDING AUDITORIUM|
|10:00 a.m.||Opening Remarks: Chris Pestak, Director, AIAA Region III|
|10:05 a.m.||Welcome from NASA: Donald Campbell, Director, NASA Glenn Research Center|
|10:10 a.m.||Keynote Address: Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., NASA Astronaut|
|10:50 a.m.||General Instructions to Participants: Lois Weir, Pre-College Outreach Chair, AIAA Northern Ohio Section|
|11:00 a.m.||- Pilots relocate to Main Cafeteria |
- Commanders relocate to Administration Building Auditorium
|PILOTS (MAIN CAFETERIA)||COMMANDERS (AD. BLDG AUDITORIUM)|
|11:15 a.m.||Competition Instructions||Competition Instructions|
|11:30 a.m. |
|12:30 p.m. |
|Judging Period #1*||Judging Period #1*|
|1:15 p.m. |
|Judging Period #2||Judging Period #2|
|2:00 p.m. |
|Judging Period #3||Judging Period #3|
|2:45 p.m. |
|Judging Period #4||Judging Period #4|
|3:30 p.m.||Announcement of Results: |
|Announcement of Results: |
|4:00 p.m.||Team Photographs||Team Photographs|
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