For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 01-03
January 30, 2003
Contact: Debra Myers
Phone: (817) 222-5833

FORT WORTH: One hundred and fifty area educators will get a flying start in learning how to use aerospace education as a classroom motivator this weekend at a workshop offered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Imagination Celebration, Fort Worth ISD, Civil Air Patrol and DFW International Airport.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at Tarrant County College- NW Campus, 8:30 a.m. until noon. The theme is "Celebrating a Century of Flight," and special presenters will focus on the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ flight on December 17, 1903.

Celebrations are taking place across the United States during 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright.

“The FAA is proud to help sponsor and be a community partner for aviation education in the Dallas and Fort Worth area,” notes Ruth Leverenz, administrator of FAA’s Southwest Region. “We are dedicated to ‘Charting the Next Century of Flight.’ That’s FAA’s official theme for the year, and our children are the most important element of aviation’s future,” Leverenz added.

Fort Worth area educators and students will benefit from a number of education programs designed to teach students about the genius of the Wright Brothers through enjoyable and engaging activities. Each educator will receive free curriculum to take back to the classroom as well as aviation resource materials donated by the aviation community.

As U.S. aviation and commercial space activity have grown in importance, so has aerospace education. Increasingly, professional educators are looking to aerospace education to help them improve student math and science skills and to help them acquaint students with the career opportunities in the aerospace industry. FAA’s aviation education website is