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February 19, 2002

Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281) 483-5111

Release: J02-23 -- JSC Workers Share National Engineers Week Message With Students

Scientists and engineers from NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) will visit Houston-area schools and participate in a series of webcasts as part of National Engineers Week 2002.

JSC is participating in Engineers Week for the 11th consecutive year, and is hosting a series of webcasts for the second year in a row. Volunteers will visit almost 100 schools in the Houston area, providing hands-on science and engineering demonstrations for students at a variety of grade levels. The activities are designed to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering, math, science and technology.

The webcasts are sponsored by JSC’s Distance Learning Outpost in cooperation with NASA Quest, a web project of NASA’s Ames Research Center. JSC engineers will give presentations on a diverse range of topics the week of February 25-March 1, 2002, and be available live on the web to answer students’ questions. The engineers will discuss what they do, their field of engineering, and their educational background. For more information or to view one of the webcasts, visit:

The following is a schedule of the webcasts and their intended audiences:

  • February 25 at 1 p.m. CST -- Brian Au, EarthKAM Project Engineer, “Station News Update,” grades 6-8.
  • February 26 at 1 p.m. CST -- A panel of NASA Cooperative Education students will talk about the JSC Cooperative Education Program, a work-study program for college students, and their projects, grades 9-12.
  • February 27 at 10 a.m. CST -- Ralph Anderson, Electronics Engineer, grades 4-6.
  • February 27 at 1 p.m. CST -- Anthony Bruins, Systems Integration Engineer, will discuss “Systems Integration—An Important Skill for Success and the Virtual Human Project,” grades 6-8.
  • February 28 at 1 p.m. CST -- Craig Schafer, Electrical Engineer/Physicist, will discuss “Microgravity,” grades 9-12.
  • March 1 at 1 p.m. CST -- Elizabeth Bloomer, Mechanical Engineer, will discuss “The International Space Station Robotic Arm, ” grades 4-6.

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