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Press Release 94-13
Mary Ann Peto
(Bus: 216/433-2902)

NASA Lewis Engineers Celebrate the 44th Anniversary of National Engineers Week with Visit to Schools in Seven Ohio Counties

Cleveland, OH -- More than 120 schools in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Summit, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Medina counties will be buzzing with activities geared to increasing students' interest in science and math during National Engineers Week, February 20-26, 1994.

Approximately 125 Lewis engineers and scientists, and engineers from private industry will visit the area schools to demonstrate how math and science can be fun and challenging, and how engineering affects the quality of everyday life--from telecommunications to cleaning up the environment, from space exploration to more fuel efficient engines.

Although some of the engineers will talk about their experiences, others will do classroom demonstrations and interactive programs with the students. One planned demonstration will show how free fall eliminates the local effects of gravity, thus giving students a mini-lesson on microgravity.

The week-long activities will culminate Friday, February 25, 1994, with a banquet and awards ceremony at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. Astronaut Kenneth Bowersox will be the guest speaker. Bowersox has piloted two shuttle missions. The most recent flight was, STS-61, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing and repair mission. During the mission HST was captured and restored to full capacity through a record five space walks by four astronauts.

Engineers throughout Cleveland will join thousands of engineers nationwide in an effort to increase public understanding and appreciation of the engineering profession. In 1993 more than 30,000 engineers across the United States participated in National Engineers Week.

National Engineers Week was founded in 1951 and is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Committee, which is headqu- artered 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.

For information concerning school visits--dates and times, please call Antoinette Dvornicky at 216/433-6630.

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