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Press Release 93-07
Mary Ann Peto
(Bus: 216/433-2902)

NASA Celebrates National Engineers Week February 14-20, with Visits to Area Schools

Cleveland, OH -- Continuing a tradition to encourage students to select engineering and science as a career, more than 100 Lewis Research Center scientists and engineers will visit area schools to share their personal insights concerning their backgrounds and interests in the engineering profession.

"Our goal is to show students how science, math and engineering relates to their world and why their studies are so important," said Dr. R. Lynn Bondurant, chief, Office of Educational Programs.

Engineers throughout Cleveland will join thousands of engineers nationwide in the National Engineers Week program in an effort to increase public understanding and appreciation of the engineering profession.

National Engineers Week was founded in 1951 and is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Committee, which is headquartered near Washington, DC.

It is no coincidence that the celebration takes place at the time of George Washington's birthday--the first president became known as the "first U.S. engineer" because of his surveying skills. And, because of his leadership and direction, Washington saw the need to direct a growing society toward technical advancements, invention and education. On June 9, 1778, at Valley Forge, Pa., General George Washington issued an order calling for engineers and engineering education. This order is considered to be the genesis of the U.S. Army Engineer School.

Sponsors of the event expect some 30,000 engineers and engineering students will work with more than three million students and teachers. In addition to this event, Lewis engineers and scientists support local schools throughout the year through mentoring activities and by participating in Science Fairs and other educational programs.

The following is a list of schools, by county, to be visited:

Assumption High School
Holy Name High School
Beachwood High School
Heskett Middle School
Berea High School

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