Sally Harrington
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland

November 5, 2008
RELEASE : 08-055
NASA Glenn Hosts Potential Astronauts at Young Astronaut Day
CLEVELAND - Some of the 300 students from schools in Northeast Ohio participating in Young Astronaut Day at NASA's Glenn Research Center on Nov. 8 may one day travel to Mars.

This is the 16th year that Glenn is hosting members of Young Astronaut Clubs, other school science clubs, and scouting troops for a day of activities and a visit with a NASA astronaut. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. Ohio Astronaut Michael Foreman will address the students at 10 a.m.

Between noon and 2:30 p.m. teams of "pilots" from grades 1 through 6 will compete in challenging events including in-space repair, space shuttle tile design, rover races, and balloon rockets. Teams of "commanders" from grades 7 through 12 will be working on wind power, computer simulations and constellation rocket transportation. Glenn engineers and scientists will provide guidelines and instructions to the students with regard to the various activities, which are designed to help them learn more about science and engineering.

Projects will be judged and announcement of the results will take place at 2:30 p.m.

Foreman is a graduate of Wadsworth High School, Wadsworth, Ohio, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Earlier this year Foreman was a member of the crew of space shuttle Endeavour mission STS-123 to the International Space Station. While on the station Foreman performed three spacewalks during the mission's 250 orbits of the Earth.

The event is sponsored by Glenn and the Northern Ohio section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, also known as AIAA. More than 50 volunteers from Glenn, AIAA, local aerospace companies and universities support this event. Following is a list of the schools and scouting groups participating, along with the city they are located in:

Ashland: Girl Scout Troop #1394
Auburn Township: Girl Scout Troops #305 and #515
Avon: Girl Scout Troop #882 and Cub Scout Den #18
Bay Village: Bay Village Middle School
Berea: Ford Middle School and Midpark High School
Brecksville/Broadview Heights: Girl Scout Troop #1578
Chagrin Falls: Brownie Troop #1401
Cleveland: Birchwood School
Fairlawn: Our Lady of the Elms
Mentor: Shore Middle School-Shore Explorers
Montpelier: Montpelier Middle School
Oberlin: Mt. Zion Youth Ministry
Parma Heights: Girl Scout Troop #1497 and Parma Heights Christian Academy
Rocky River: Magnificat High School
Shaker Heights: St. Dominica School
Sheffield: Sheffield Middle School
South Euclid-Lyndhurst: Girl Scout Troop #794
Strongsville: Girl Scout Troop #1403
University Heights: GESU Elementary
Warrensville Heights: Girl Scout Troup #351
Westlake: Lee Burneson Middle School
Westerville: Edison Academy

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