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Press Release 98-10

Sally V. Harrington
NASA Lewis Research Center
(Bus: 216/433-2037)


CLEVELAND, OH--Engineers and scientists from NASA Lewis Research Center will be traveling to elementary, middle and high schools throughout several counties in Northeast Ohio during National Engineers Week, February 22-28, 1998, to share with students their experiences and enthusiasm for science and math.

Approximately 85 NASA Lewis engineers and scientists and engineers will visit over 70 schools. Their interaction with the student will show how math and science can be fun and challenging and will relate engineering to everyday life. Their enthusiastic presentations are aimed at inspiring some of the students to consider engineering as a career.

"I consider sharing my knowledge and interest in engineering with the students an investment in the future," said Osvaldo Rivera, a wind tunnel facility manager at NASA Lewis. "I also consider it a small way to pay back society for the opportunities offered to me."

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. Engineers are practical inventors who use science and technology to turn ideas into reality, making our lives easier, healthier, more productive and more fun.

National Engineers Week takes place each year 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 Engineer School.

The National Engineers Week activities in the Cleveland area are a joint effort between the local National Engineers Week Committee and the Education Programs Office at NASA Lewis Research Center.

To determine if any of the schools involved are in your area of coverage, a list of the schools is [available].

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