Catharine G. Schauer
February 23, 1996
Release No. 96-010
NASA PROGRAM HELPS STUDENTS HAVE FUN WITH MATH
NASA Langley Research Center, in recognition of National
Engineers Week, has created an entertaining math lesson "Think
BIGG" that airs on WHRO's Channel 15 at 1 p.m. Feb. 27. It also
will be shown in area schools on the station's ITFS channel Feb.
27-29 at 9 a.m. and Feb. 27 and 29 at 1 p.m.
The "fun" math lesson lets student viewers help Biggs and
animated characters Mission Man and Arf find the fastest route to
recovering an antidote for their computer friend Gigs (short for
gigabytes). Gigs is suffering from a computer virus. Using mapping
skills and mathematics formulas, the team's journey becomes a race
The program, geared to students in grades 4-6, shows how
science, math and engineering relate to the world around the
students and why their studies are important. Materials to support
the program were distributed to area schools this week.
"Think BIGG is yet another mechanism for reaching out to the
students, especially those we cannot visit personally during
National Engineers Week," said NASA Langley's director, Paul
The National Engineers Week program, now in its sixth year, is
the single largest outreach effort sponsored by NASA Langley. Last
year, 217 employees participated, reaching more than 19,000
students in 12 local school districts.
Think BIGG marks the beginning of Langley's distance learning
initiatives, a project of the Office of Education's Langley
Learning Laboratory. Students and teachers from 19 school districts
in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina will now
For more information, call Dr. Shelley Canright at
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