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U.S. STAGES 1993 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE EXPO 700 FUTURE SCIENTISTS GATHER IN AMARILLO TO SHARE IDEAS

 AMARILLO, Texas, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Years before he's eligible to drive, ten-year old Mikey Palmer of Amarillo, Texas demonstrates how computer-operated automobiles can maneuver without a driver. Based on his "Robo Car" experiment, Palmer concludes that computers can reduce the number of "DWI's," create jobs and provide independence for the elderly or disabled who are unable to drive.
 Palmer is one of 700 young scientists from around the world converging in Amarillo, Texas, on July 2-10 for the international gathering of the clubs of the International Movement of Leisure Activities in Science and Technology (MILSET). MILSET is sponsoring the `93 International Science Expo to encourage young people to pursue careers in science. Amarillo's Club of the Scientific Hobbies (COSH) is hosting the event.
 Unlike Palmer, who has the Expo practically in his backyard, many of the participants are making quite a journey to take part in the event. Students from 32 countries are expected, including large delegations from Mexico, France, Kuwait, Canada, and the Czech and Slovak Republics.
 The Expo is similar to a science fair, but it offers more than exhibits and displays of science projects: There are workshops, demonstrations and experiments by students and "grown-up" scientists. "We've invited the world's most talented young scientists to share their interest in science and to demonstrate their projects to the public," said Sam Aldouri, International Science Exposition chairman and president of COSH. "We also encourage them to meet with professionals and discuss current scientific topics and research."
 The exhibitors' backgrounds are as diverse as their projects:
 -- Angela Rodriguez, a 17 year-old from Pampa, Texas, designed "Plaque Attack III" to study the effectiveness of 52 dental hygiene products in eliminating bacteria plaque.
 -- Sankar Rochan, from Quebec, Canada, invented the Cardiogauge, a device that monitors the condition of the heart.
 -- Garth Cambray, a 16 year-old from Grahamstown, South Africa, discovered a way to increase food production for a hungry world by using a naturally occurring nutrient.
 An increasing number of U.S. businesses, as well as several foreign corporations, are enthusiastic supporters of MILSET: "As a corporation making sizable investments in R&D every year, sponsoring MILSET and the 1993 International Science Exposition ties in perfectly with our commitment to helping prepare the next generation of scientists," says Richard Drouin president and CEO of Hydro-Quebec, a Canadian hydroelectric utility company that has been funding MILSET since its creation in 1987.
 The '93 Expo was originally planned to be held in Kuwait, but the MILSET Board voted to postpone Kuwait's application in view of continuing post-war uncertainty in the Gulf region. Aldouri, aware of MILSET's interest in expanding into the United States, submitted a proposal to hold the event in Amarillo. He was pleased by MILSET's unanimous decision to accept his proposal.
 According to Aldouri, this will be the first time America hosts the Expo and with 35 countries on the waiting list, it may be years before it returns to the United States. "We would like nothing better than to see a movement like MILSET grow in our country. If we are to compete as a world leader in science and technology, we need to encourage the practice of science not only in school, but also through extra- curricular activities," he says.
 MILSET's first Expo was in Quebec, Canada, with subsequent international meetings held in Brest, France, in 1989, and Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1991. MILSET, which goes by its French acronym, now has 71 member clubs from 40 nations, 32 of which are represented at the Expo.
 The '93 Expo is free and open to the public. The exhibits will be on display at the Amarillo Civic Center with workshops being held at Texas State Technical College.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: '93 International Science Fair Schedule of Events
 Friday, July 2 Arrival Day
 Registration at Civic Center
 Saturday, July 5 6 p.m. Dinner
 9 p.m. Welcoming Ceremony
 Sunday, July 4 9-11 a.m. Parade in Canyon
 12-2 p.m. Picnic
 2 p.m. Movie in Civic Center
 5-9 p.m. Wonderland Park (dinner included)
 9 p.m. Fireworks!
 Monday, July 5 9 a.m.-12 p.m Tours, Trips and Move in
 12-2 p.m. Lunch
 2-3 p.m. Expo Opening Ceremony
 3-6 p.m. Expo Open to the Public
 6 p.m. Dinner
 9 p.m. Astronomy
 Tuesday, July 6 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tours and Trips
 12-2 p.m. Lunch
 2-6 p.m. Expo Open to the Public
 6-8 p.m. Dinner "Our country is..."
 8-10 p.m. Cultural Night
 Wednesday, July 7 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tours and Trips
 12-2 p.m. Lunch
 2-7 p.m. Expo Open to the Public
 7-10 p.m. Banquet
 Thursday, July 8 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tours and Trips
 (including Rocket Launching)
 12-2 p.m. Lunch
 2-6 p.m. Expo Open to the Public
 6 p.m. Dinner
 8-9 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
 9-11 p.m. Dismantling of Booths
 Friday, July 9 Breakfast and Departure
 /CONTACT: Jim Schwantner, or Amy Wilson, both of Dorf & Stanton Communications, Inc., 314-436-6565, for MILSET/


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