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04-013
For Release: February 23, 2004

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

NASA ENGINEERS VISIT THE CLASSROOM

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.

SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK

Akron
Firestone High School
Our Lady Of The Elms High School

Avon
Avon East Elementary School

Beachwood
Beachwood High School

Bedford
Heskett Middle School

Berea
Berea High School
Riveredge Elementary School

Brooklyn
Brookridge Elementary School

Brunswick
Crestview Elementary School
Huntington Elementary School
Kidder Elementary School

Canton
Glenoak High School

Chagrin Falls
St. Joan Of Arc

Cleveland
Artemus Ward Elementary School
Audubon Middle School
Carl & Louis Stokes Central Academy
Clara Westropp
Cleveland Early Childhood Development Center
Collinwood High School
Franklin D Roosevelt Middle School
Garrett Morgan Middle School Of Science
Harry E. Davis Junior High School
James Ford Rhodes High School
John D. Rockerfeller Fundamental Education
John F. Kennedy High School
Luis Munoz Marin Middle School
Martin L. King Law & Public Service High School
Mary B. Martin Middle School
Max S. Hayes Vocational High School
Orchard School Of Science Elementary School
South High School
Urban Community School
William Cullen Bryant Elementary School

Cleveland Hts.
Hebrew Academy
Oxford Elementary School

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Columbia Station
Columbia Middle School
Columbia High School

Cuyahoga Hts.
Cuyahoga Heights Middle School

Garfield Hts.
Elmwood Elementary School

Green
Green Intermediate School

Huron
McCormick Middle School

Lodi
Cloverleaf High School

Lorain
Lorain Middle School
Whittier Middle School

Mayfield Village
Mayfield High School

Medina
St. Francis Xavier

North Olmsted
Forest Elementary School
Maple Elementary School

North Ridgeville
Wilcox Elementary School
Lake Ridge Academy

Norwalk
Saint Paul High School

Oberlin
Lorain County Joint Vocational School

Olmsted Falls
Olmsted Falls High School

Parma
Bethel Christian Academy

Parma Hts.
Holy Name High School
St. John Bosco

Perry
Perry High School

Rocky River
Goldwood Primary
Magnificat High School

Shaker Hts.
Shaker Middle School

Sheffield
William Barr Elementary School

South Euclid
Adrian School

Strongsville
Allen Elementary School
Surrarrer Elementary School
Whitney Elementary School

Sullivan
Black River High School

Van Wert
Vantage Career Center

Vermilion
Vermilion High School

Warrensville Hts.
Eastwood Elementary School

Westlake
Dover Elementary School
Parkside Middle School

Wooster
Lara B. Keen Elementary School

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