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02-014
For Release: February 19, 2002

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office
216/433-2037
Sally.V.Harrington@nasa.gov


Engineers and Scientists Go Back To School

Classroom assignment: Share your experiences and enthusiasm for the engineering profession with elementary school students to open their naturally curious minds to the wonders of science and math. Inspire middle and high schools students to seek careers in the fields of engineering and science.

February 17-23 is National Engineers Week. This year 47 engineers and scientists from NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will go to 53 schools throughout Northeast Ohio to talk with students, give demonstrations, or do experiments.

Glenn engineer Kim Pham will be at Magnificat High School in Rocky River, a school with an all-female student body, on Thursday, February 21, which is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. "I think girls have a special edge in engineering and science. I want to communicate the opportunities available to girls and to encourage them toward careers in those fields," said Pham, who has spoken to classes at all grade levels over the last 10 years. "Most importantly, I want to convince my potential engineering colleagues that it's never too late to start taking math, science and computer courses towards a bachelor of science degree-even if she is a senior in high school."

Also on Thursday, February 21, Tom Benson will be giving an exciting presentation to fifth graders at Maple Elementary School in North Olmsted who are presently studying flight. As an aeronautical engineer, Benson is a perfect match for this audience. He will bring with him a 17-foot kite replica of the Wright Brothers glider. "Kids usually hear about the Wright Brothers in social studies or history class-not in math or science," said Benson. "Engineers are people who use their skills in math and science to try to make the world a little better than it was when they found it-just like the Wright Brothers did. I want the students to know that they can do that too."

This program of classroom visits is part of the National Engineers Week activities in the Cleveland area and is supported by Glenn's Office of Educational Programs 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. Engineers are practical inventors who use science and technology to turn ideas into reality, making our lives easier, healthier, more productive and fun.

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 Engineer School.

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

Schools Participating in National Engineers Week

Akron
Firestone High School

Avon
Avon East Elementary

Broadview Heights
Pearl Road Elementary School Assumption School

Brook Park
BFord Middle School

Brooklyn
Brookridge Elementary School

Chagrin Falls
St. Joan of Arc School

Cleveland Heights
Garrett Morgan Middle School of Science
Noble Elementary School
Hebrew Academy

Cleveland
Artemus Ward Elementary School
Audubon Middle School
Calvary Center Academy
Douglas MacArthur
Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle School
Iowa-Maple Elementary School
James Ford Rhodes High School
Jane Addams Business Career Center
John F. Kennedy High School
John Hay High School
Martin Luther King Law and Public Service High School
Orchard School of Science Elementary School
Scranton Elementary School
Urban Community School
Wilson Middle School

Columbia Station
Columbia High School Columbia Middle School

Fairport Harbor
Fairport Harding High School

Huron
Huron McCormick

Independence
Independence Primary School

Jefferson
Jefferson Area Jr./Sr. High School

Mayfield Village
Mayfield High School

Medina
St. Francis Xavier

North Olmsted
Maple Elementary School North Olmsted High School

North Ridgeville
Wilcox Elementary School Lake Ridge Academy

North Royalton
North Royalton High School

Parma Heights
St. John Bosco Elementary School

Parma
Parma High School

Perry
Perry High School

Rocky River
Magnificat High School

Shaker Heights
Laurel School

Sharon Center
Sharon Elementary School

Solon
Saint Rita School

Stow
Stow-Munroe Falls High School

Sullivan
Black River High School

Vermilion
Vermilion High School

Westlake
Dover Elementary School

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