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National Science & Technology Week 1997 - Webs, Wires, Waves: April 20-26

April 1997

Focusing on the benefits of communications and newly developed technologies such as the Internet, the theme for NSF's 1997 National Science & Technology Week (NSTW) is Webs, Wires, Waves: The Science and Technology of Communications.

By participating in the myriad NSTW events throughout the United States, tens of thousands of children and adults will experience the impact of communications and related technologies.

NSF launched NSTW in 1985 to nurture the natural interests of children and adults in science and technology. NSTW's primary goal is to create informed citizens who understand science and engineering issues and their impact on individuals, communities and the nation.

NSTW teams with partner organizations nationwide to stage public events and develop educational and promotional materials. Partners include corporations and associations, professional and community organizations, formal and informal education establishments, and other public and private agencies.

NSTW and Its Partners

About 50 organizations comprise the NSTW Regional Network, including groups such as Girl Scouts USA, 4-H Extension Services, the National Council of La Raza, the National Urban League, university outreach programs and others.

Network sites distribute materials, host science and technology events for the public throughout the year, and help train teachers, parents and youth leaders in the best use of teaching materials.

NSTW is also supported by corporate and association sponsors that provide funding and volunteers and help distribute materials.

The 1997 NSTW Celebration

  • Special Events: Ranging from family science nights to science and technology fairs held at a variety of venues.

  • "Ask A Scientist or Engineer Hotline:" Call 1-800-682-2716 on April 23 from 9 am to 9 pm (EDT) and talk to NSF scientists and engineers and their colleagues from other organizations. Questions via the Internet (asknstw@nsf.gov) will be accepted all week.

  • Hands-on Teaching Materials: Developed for elementary, middle and junior high school students, the materials can be adapted for children as young as 4 or as old as 18. They give youngsters the opportunity to do science and engineering. The Webs, Wires, Waves packet is available in English and Spanish from Regional Network sites, or via NSF and the NSTW Web site.

1997 Corporate Sponsors
AT&T, Bayer Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Discover magazine, Ford Motor Company, IBM, 3M and TRW 1997 Association Sponsors American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Physics, American Psychological Association and Chemical Manufacturers Association.

For more information or to obtain a free packet write to NSF c/o NSTW Staff, Room 1245, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.


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