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For Release: February 20, 2001

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Engineers Design Plan To Introduce Engineering at Area Schools

Encouraging all young people, girls as well as boys, to enter the fields of engineering, science and math will be the primary goal of NASA Glenn Research Center engineers and scientists as they participate in the 50th year of National Engineers Week by visiting northeast Ohio area schools.

More than 80 engineers and scientists will descend upon area schools on February 20-23 to talk to students about how important it is to consider technical fields in planning for the future. In addition, area students will learn more about what NASA engineers do every day to advance air and space technology.

"We involve the students in scientific activities such as how materials melt, rocketry, how planes fly, and electricity concepts," said Dennis Fox, a ceramic engineer in Glenn's Materials Division, and veteran speaker at local schools since 1995. "I enjoy any opportunity to get the word about Glenn and NASA out to young people."

Martha Jaskowiak, also a ceramic engineer at Glenn, who often partners with Fox in visiting Greater Cleveland classrooms added, "We try to spark the students' interest in science and math with exciting demonstrations and simple explanations. Their enthusiasm and numerous questions make our efforts worthwhile and rewarding."

The events of the week are co-sponsored by Glenn's Office of Educational Programs and the Cleveland Area National Engineers Week Committee.

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Note To Editors: A list of schools scheduled to participate in the week's activities is available.


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