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Centennial Of Flight Kicks Off In DFW; Educational Events Will Honor 100th Anniversary Of First Flight

DFW International Airport, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Imagination Celebration, Fort Worth ISD, And Civil Air Patrol Sponsor Workshop For Teachers

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas (January 29, 2003) – One hundred and fifty area educators will get a flying start in learning how to use aerospace education as a classroom motivator 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. till 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.

Centennial 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. Although the Wright Brothers' achievements took place in North Carolina, it is fitting to celebrate Texas' aerospace heritage and the Texas aerospace community. In honor of the Centennial, 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

Community partnership programs such as this workshop for educators reflect a desire and willingness on the part of government, education, and the aviation community to promote a better understanding of aerospace.

As U.S. aviation and commercial space activity has 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.

Assignment Editors, Aviation, Space and Education Reporters Note: With local aviation as a rich backdrop, the workshop activities are highly visual, featuring a diverse mix of presenters and educators. Media interested in covering workshop activities should contact Barbara Pack, DFW Public Affairs at 972 574 8078, bpack@dfwairport.com.

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