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 DOWNEY, Calif., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Space Shuttle Discovery is readied for launch at Kennedy Space Center on the East Coast, more than 175 school children on the West Coast have launched on their own voyage of discovery: Rockwell International Corp.'s Space Systems Division's (SSD) Second Annual DiscoverE (for Engineering) Summer Science Camp.
 The camp, being held Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 14, is a three-week mission whose primary objective is to spark student interest in engineering, math and science. Fourth- through ninth-grade students from nearly 50 cities in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties are participating in eight workshops on subjects ranging from engineering and robotics to computer programming, astronomy and meteorology. The workshops are taught by Rockwell engineers -- the same men and women who design, develop, build and integrate the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Space Shuttle orbiters, for which Rockwell SSD is prime contractor.
 The workshops employ novel hands-on building and experimentation techniques to demonstrate advanced concepts. For example, in "How To Trap the Road Runner: Wile E. Coyote's Mechanics for Beginners," students become engineers for the infamous ACME Corp., applying the theories and principles of basic physics and engineering learned to help everyone's favorite super genius, Wile E. Coyote, construct a whimsical and elaborate trap to catch that pesky Road Runner.
 Other workshops are equally participative. In "Cardboard, Eggs and Water Balloons: Science for Beginners," students test the strength of cardboard bridges, design paper airplanes and construct and launch their own model rockets. In "Electronics," students build various electronic kits, including a working Space Shuttle launch countdown clock. "The Final Frontier" gives students the opportunity to construct their own colonies on the red planet Mars. In "Tech Center 2000," students perform imaginary rescues of astronauts using robots they design and construct themselves. In "Computers and Automation," students design a gadget on the computer and then observe the manufacturing of the gadget using numerically controlled machinery. In "Astronomy and Meteorology," students build various projects, including a barometer, compass and a sundial with a noon balloon. And in "An Environmental Approach to Chemistry and Biology," students construct a balanced ecosphere (terrarium and aquarium).
 Up to 500 parents and family members are expected for the camp's finale, Aug. 14, to view the children's accomplishments. The winner of an essay contest for a trip to the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., will be announced.
 Rockwell SSD 1993 DiscoverE Executive Advisor Bob Rothacher said enrollment for this year's camp has more than doubled over last year. "The response from last year's event was overwhelmingly enthusiastic," he said. "Everyone -- students, teachers, and parents -- called it a beneficial program, one that teaches advanced concepts in a nontraditional classroom setting using challenging, participative projects that kids enjoy."
 Rothacher said many of this year's new participants were referred by teachers who attended Rockwell's Educator Enrichment Day last February, which attracted more than 300 educators from throughout Greater Los Angeles.
 Rockwell SSD Vice President of Engineering Robert M. Glaysher called the program a strong example of how business and education can work together to stimulate America's youth to reach for the stars. "Through enjoyable educational experiences with real-life applications, we hope to show these children how science, math and engineering relate to the world around them and why their studies are important.
 "These workshops exploit the natural inquisitiveness of children, helping to strengthen any latent mathematical or scientific skills they may possess," he continued. "Does it work? Let me simply say that eight to 10 years from now, I'd be willing to bet we'll hire some of these youths to become the next generation of space engineers and rocket scientists. Rockwell is proud to sponsor this worthwhile event."
 Begun in 1990, the National Engineers Week annual educational outreach program, DiscoverE, may be the single largest student outreach effort ever sponsored by the engineering profession. Sponsors estimate some 30,000 engineers will participate nationwide this year. The theme of the 1993 DiscoverE program is "Energy." Rockwell is one of 10 DiscoverE corporate affiliates.
 Rockwell International, headquartered in Seal Beach, Calif., is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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