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For Release: Feb. 9, 1996
Catherine E. Watson
(804) 864-6122
Release No. 96-003

NASA Education Program Helps Local Kids Have Fun With Math

The NASA Langley Office of Education, in conjunction with WHRO, has created an entertaining mathematics lesson using animated characters. Student viewers help Biggs and animated characters Mission Man and Arf find the fastest route to recovering an antidote for their computer friend Gigs (short for gigabytes). News media are invited to attend the rehearsal of the Think BIGG program at WHRO on Monday, Feb. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. The final taping of the show will occur throughout the day Tuesday, Feb. 13.

"Our goal," says Dr. Shelley Canright, director of NASA Langley's K-12 programs and Think BIGG producer, "is to show how science, mathematics and engineering relate to the world around the students and why their studies are important."

The program was developed to support NASA's annual student outreach program called National Engineers Week, Feb. 18-24. During the month of February, NASA employees visit elementary and middle school classrooms with a variety of math and science presentations. NASA Langley's director Paul Holloway explains that "Think BIGG is yet another mechanism for reaching out to the students, especially those we cannot visit personally during National Engineers Week."

The Engineers Week program is the single largest outreach effort sponsored by NASA Langley. Last year, 217 employees participated, reaching over 19,000 students and teachers in 12 local school districts. With the introduction of NASA Langley's distance learning program, students and teachers from 19 school districts in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina will be reached. Think BIGG will be distributed to schools by WHRO on Feb. 27 - 29 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.


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