Jeannette P. Owens
Media Relations Office
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Stacie Foor
Lake Ridge Academy
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October 19, 2012
NASA Glenn Shares STEM Education Message with Ohio Students
CLEVELAND -- NASA'S Glenn Research Center, in collaboration with Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville, Ohio, will host NASA Science Days to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and increase academic excellence.

The event will be held on Monday, Oct. 22 through Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Lake Ridge Academy Bettcher Convocation Center, located at 37501 Center Ridge Road.

As part of NASA's initiative to connect students to STEM, the event will feature NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson. He will share his experiences as a pilot astronaut on two space shuttle missions, STS-123 in 2008 and STS-134 in 2011. His multimedia presentation will focus on stories and examples of what it is actually like to train for, launch, pilot and land the space shuttle. Johnson also will discuss NASA careers, including how to become an astronaut and the opportunities available to students who pursue science, technology, engineering and math studies.

On Monday, Oct. 22, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Johnson will present to kindergartners from Lake Ridge Academy and The Goddard School in Westlake. From 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Johnson will present to students in grades 1-5 from Birchwood School in Cleveland, Lake Ridge Academy and Pembroke in Avon Lake.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, NASA Glenn engineers will get in on the adventure and share information about NASA from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

On Oct. 23, Dr. David L. Ellis will present NASA Explores the Solar System to students in grades 5-8 from Birchwood in Cleveland, Lake Ridge Academy, St. Bernadette in Westlake and Prospect Elementary School in Oberlin.

On Oct. 24, Bryan Palaszewski will present an update on the Mars Curiosity rover mission and its progress to students in grades 9-12 from Lake Ridge Academy and Independence High School.

NASA will also feature the Journey to Tomorrow traveling exhibit. The exhibit engages students in real world challenges relative to both aeronautics and space exploration. Learners can explore technology on computer kiosks and hands-on workstations, which include NASA Spinoffs where students can learn about how NASA technology improves our quality of life; a quiz in Sci-Fi vs. Science Fact, where learners can find out how much they know about space travel and the search for extraterrestrial life; and perform small experiments in a glovebox. Other activities include a solar system scale, where students can find out how much they would weigh on another planet like Jupiter; and a planetary gravity simulator where they can learn how gravity changes from planet to planet.

Also available will be the popular "Picture Yourself in Space" photo booth, where students will receive a free souvenir photo taken as an astronaut.

NASA uses the excitement from its missions and programs to inspire students and serve as a catalyst for encouraging STEM studies. The agency continues its tradition of investing in the nation's education programs and supporting the country's educators who play a key role in preparing and inspiring the young minds of today to become the workforce of tomorrow.

Reporters interested in attending NASA Science Days should contact Stacie Foor at the Lake Ridge Academy, 440-327-1175 ext. 9111.

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