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Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

November 1, 2005
RELEASE : 05-046
NASA Glenn Hosts Students for Annual Challenge
Instead of sleeping in this weekend, over 350 students from 23 local schools will spend their Saturday at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, testing their skills in a number of engineering and scientific challenges.

The 13th annual Young Astronaut Day will be held Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

New activities this year include Shuttle Repair Man, which will test the students' ability to fix problems that are similar to those that could occur on the space shuttle; and the Insulation Challenge, where students will create a way to insulate a container of water from heating up when subjected to high temperatures.

Events will begin in the Developmental Engineering Building Auditorium, where students will be welcomed by NASA astronaut Sunita L. Williams. Guidelines, instructions and a summary of the day's activities will then be given by organizers of the event, most 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 convene at the same time in the Main Cafeteria for the competition portion of the event.

Sunita L. Williams, a Euclid, Ohio native, began her flight career as a naval test pilot and has logged over 2,300 flight hours in more than 30 aircraft. Selected by NASA in June, 1998, Williams completed Astronaut Candidate Training and worked in Moscow with the Russian Space Agency on the Russian contribution to the International Space Station. She also worked with the first Expedition Crew to the ISS and was a crewmember on the NEEMO2, living in the Aquarius habitat for nine days. Williams is currently assigned to the Expedition-12 crew to the International Space Station.

This year's event is sponsored by Glenn's Aeronautics Division and the Northern Ohio section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Media representatives interested in covering the activities should call Katherine Martin at 216-433-2406 or 216-287-2261 in order to be cleared through security.

A list of communities with schools and organizations participating follows:

Akron: Archbishop Hoban High School, Our Lady of the Elms
Ashland: Ashland Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Berea: Ford Middle School
Bryan: St. Patrick Catholic School
Cleveland: Birchwood School, Grace Brethren Home School, Grace Church Civil Air Patrol, Grace Church Home Education Support Group, James Ford Rhodes High School
Montpelier: Superior Middle School
North Canton: North Canton Girl Scouts
Parma: Shiloh Middle School
Parma Heights: Parma Heights Christian Academy
Rocky River: Magnificat High School
Shaker Heights: Laurel School
University Heights: GESU Elementary and GESU Catholic
Westerville: Edison Academy

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