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Sonja Alexander

Headquarters, Washington, DC June 16, 2000


(Phone: 202/358-1761)

Lori Rachul
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
(Phone: 216/433-2901)

Kevin Mosely
Congresswoman Water's Office, Los Angeles, CA
(Phone: 323/757-8900)

RELEASE: 00-93

NASA AND CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS


OPEN NEW AERONAUTICS CLASSROOM

The exciting world of science and technology will spring to


life at Los Angeles Southwest College's new Aeronautics Education
Laboratory.

NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin and Congresswoman Maxine


Waters, along with Astronaut Yvonne Cagle, other NASA officials,
and staff from Los Angeles Southwest College will open the lab
doors today at a dedication ceremony on the campus of Los Angeles
Southwest College.

"I would like to thank Administrator Goldin and NASA for


cooperating in the placement of the Aeronautics Education
Laboratory in the 35th Congressional District, at Los Angeles
Southwest College. This state-of-the-art lab, the only one of its
kind in the Western United States, will allow our children to use
math and science in ways that will enhance their ability to
compete in our increasingly technological world," said
Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

The laboratory moves beyond traditional classroom boundaries


and offers a state-of-the-art, electronically enhanced,
computerized environment that puts cutting-edge technology in the
hands of students in grades 7 to 12. At the various workstations,
students will strengthen math and science skills as they examine
elements of satellite global positioning, remote sensing, amateur
radio and aircraft design.

"Math and science skills are essential to our nations future


prosperity. Our students deserve every opportunity to develop the
skills they need to be successful. This facility will give
students the chance to explore the fascinating world of
aeronautics and learn of the endless opportunities education can
provide," said NASA Administrator Goldin.

NASA's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Washington, DC,


provided a $200,000 grant for the partnership to establish the
laboratory. NASA's Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field,
Cleveland, OH, is responsible for the design and implementation of
the AEL.

A vision of former Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes, the program


was established in 1993 by Glenn Research Center and Cuyahoga
Community College, Cleveland, OH, to help foster understanding and
enthusiasm in school-age children for science, math and technology
fields. Since its inception, the Science, Engineering and
Mathematics and Aerospace Academy and its laboratories have grown
from a single location to a multiple-site organization.

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