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Subject Area: Computer Applications/Word Processing

Grade Level: 9-12

National Technology Standards:

  • Technology Research Tools - Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content learning.
  • Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools - Routinely and efficiently use on-line information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity.


After reading the explanation given below, use the World Wide Web to access information on the history of aeronautics at NASA Glenn Research Center located in Cleveland, Ohio, and summarize the findings in term paper format.

The NASA Glenn Research Center was established in 1941 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It was one of three such centers nationwide. Named for George W. Lewis, NACA's Director of Research from 1924 to 1947, the Lewis Research Center developed an international reputation for its research on jet propulsion systems. In October 1958, the NACA Centers became the nucleus of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Below is the picture for the ground breaking for the NACA Lewis Research Center in 1941. The center was re-named the NASA Glenn Research Center to honor John H. Glenn, one of the original Mercury Astronauts, who was born and raised in New Concord, Ohio, and served as Senator from Ohio for many years.

Picture of groundbreaking at NASA Lewis

Click on History of Glenn Research Center to begin your activity.


You will be evaluated by the creativity and thoroughness you display and the proper use of the term paper format. The term paper that will be prepared will be for one decade only. Remember NASA Glenn Research did work on rockets also; but this paper should pertain to aeronautics.


Demonstrate the ability to use the World Wide Web to study the history of NASA Glenn Research Center and the part that the Center played in aeronautics during the decades of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Summarize that information in a short term paper.

Submitted by: Michael Guildoo, Olmsted Falls High School, Olmsted Falls, Ohio

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