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02-056
For Release: July 23, 2002

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


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

SUMMER CAMP STUDENTS TAKE A FANTASTIC FLIGHT

Students about to enter eighth and ninth grade in the fall in Lorain County are enjoying a week of aerospace activities at Fantastic Flight Week during the Summer Camp at Oberlin, July 22-26.

Aerospace activities each day, focusing on the importance of science and math, will include building and testing different types of rockets, undergoing astronaut training where they will perform a series of activities to test their physical and mental capabilities under different circumstances, and working at the ten computerized workstations in NASA Glenn Research Center's Mobile Aeronautics Education Laboratory--a unique traveling classroom providing cutting-edge,"hands-on/minds-on" activities designed to plan and simulate a cross-country flight.

The students will also explore NASA web sites and other materials to learn about NASA careers. On Thursday, July 25, they will travel to Cleveland for a tour of some of Glenn's research facilities and to hear from NASA professionals about the research they conduct.

Glenn's Office of Education Programs (OEP) is funding the weeklong camp, which is facilitated by The Access Program, an independent nonprofit corporation housed at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. Utilizing the unique Glenn laboratories and its diverse and specialized workforce to participate in appropriate educational programs and activities to enhance the teaching and student learning of science, mathematics, and technology education is the mission of OEP.

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