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03-032
For Release: May 16, 2003

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


NASA's Education Head Visits Cleveland

Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Associate Administrator for Education at NASA's Headquarters in Washington, and Astronaut Leland Melvin will join hundreds of middle school students and their teachers at a Physics Day event at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, Aurora, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. Though NASA has hosted Physics Day at local amusement parks for the last decade, this year's event introduces a unique educator/activity guide that connects physics principles and amusement park rides to NASA research.

Dr. Loston will be speaking about the many exciting programs NASA has to offer to fulfill its mission to inspire the next generation of explorers, and Astronaut Melvin will talk about "Living Your Dreams." They will also be joining the students and teachers as they watch demonstrations presented by members of the Microgravity Science Division of NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, and learn how math and science apply to amusement park fun.

At 3 p.m. Loston and Melvin will attend the unveiling of a mural entitled "Determined Wings" in the community room of the Greater Abyssinia Towers at 10401 Superior Road in the Glenville community. The mural is the result of an eight-week community art project on which local artist and teacher Jerome T. White worked with 25 students recruited from the SEMAA program, N.A.S.A. Project and Glenville community schools. The mural depicts the history of aviation and space exploration in relation to African-American history. Astronaut Melvin will address the students, and Dr. Loston will present their awards.

SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) and the N.A.S.A. (New Approach to Self Achievement) Project are just two of the many K-12 programs the Glenn Office of Educational Programs sponsors in its effort to interest students in science, math and technology.

For further information about Glenn's education programs visit: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/OEP

For information about other NASA Education programs across the country visit: http://education.nasa.gov

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