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NASA Glenn Challenges Young Astronauts
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
Phone: 216-433-2406

Release: 04-081

Hundreds of students throughout Ohio will visit NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, on November 6 for the 12th annual Young Astronauts' Day. The students, in grades K-12, will participate in competitive activities intended to spark an interest in aeronautics, space science and engineering.

New activities this year include Wingin' It where students will build an airplane wing and make it fly, and an Egg Bungee Jump involving redesigning a bungee cord based on its elasticity. Old favorites are the Pasta Tower, a building block bridge to overcome the forces of gravity and a computer simulation exercise. The event will conclude at 3 p.m., with judging of the teams' results and presenting of awards to the best teams.

The day starts at 10 a.m. in the Developmental Engineering Building Auditorium, where students will be welcomed by NASA astronaut Michael J. Foreman. Instructions and encouragement will then be given by organizers of the event, many of whom are NASA scientists and engineers. Pilots (6th grade and younger) will meet in Glenn's Developmental Engineering Building Cafeteria, while Commanders (7th grade and older) will at the same time convene in the Main Cafeteria for the competition portion of the event.

Michael J. Foreman, born in Columbus, Ohio, is a graduate of Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio and the U.S. Naval Academy. Selected as an astronaut by NASA in June, 1998, Foreman has been assigned to the crew of STS-120.

Glenn's Ultra Efficient Engine Technology Project and the Northern Ohio section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) are sponsoring this event.

Media representatives interested in covering the activities should call Katherine Martin 216-433-2406 or the Media Relations Office 216-433-2901 in order to be cleared through security.

A list of communities with schools and organizations participating follows:

Ashland: Ashland Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Bellaire: Bellaire Middle School
Brian: St. Patrick School
Columbus: Young Astronauts Club
Cleveland: Birchwood Schools, Girl Scout Troop 1658, Grace Church Home Education, James Ford Rhodes High School
Garfield Heights: Boy Scouts of America Space Engineers
Montpelier: Superior Middle School
Parma: Shadow Middle Schools
Rocky River: Magnificat High School
Shaker Heights: Laurel School
University Heights: GESU Elementary School
Windsor: Windsor Elementary #1 and #2