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December 17, 2003
Alcoa Foundation Celebrates the Centennial of Flight with Science and Technology Education Initiatives in Alcoa Communities Across the U.S.
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2003--To celebrate the 100th
anniversary of the historic Wright brothers' flight, Alcoa Foundation
today announced an initiative to foster science education for youth,
specifically for young girls and under-represented children. "The
Sky's the Limit: Create a Flight Plan for your Future" is a
community-based support initiative that focuses on programs that
cultivate educational and career interests in science and technology
for middle-school teachers and students in communities where Alcoa
manufactures aerospace product.
The cornerstone of the Foundation's initiative is an educational
poster that serves as a tool for teachers to guide students in their
exploration of different career options in science and technology. In
addition, Alcoa Foundation is providing grants to community
organizations to extend the educational value of the exhibit in
several Alcoa locations:
- In Cleveland, home to the Alcoa Automotive, Aerospace and
Commercial Transportation Group, the International Women's Air
& Space Museum will be hosting career fairs for middle-school
girls to encourage careers in science and technology; and the
Academy of Model Aeronautics will be organizing middle-school
teachers' workshops about flight-based curriculum to support
- Hutchinson, Kansas is celebrating the centennial with a grant
to the Kansas Press Foundation for several activities that
began in November, including an educational insert in the
Hutchinson News, a Teachers' Night Out to celebrate the story
of flight with educational materials at Cosmosphere, and a
national contest to predict weather conditions at Kill Devil
Hills, NC on December 17, 2003.
- In Arizona, the Arizona Aerospace Foundation is creating a
Centennial of Flight exhibition and materials; and Arizona
State University organized a tour of aerospace projects and a
paper airplane competition.
- The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District located in
Whitehall, Michigan is providing funding for economically
disadvantaged schools to attend the Girls Math and Science
"For Alcoa Foundation, the centennial of flight is a celebration
of Alcoa's interest in diversity and access to educational and career
opportunities, especially in the area of science and technology," said
Kathleen Buechel, president and treasurer of the Foundation. "We are
proud of our grants to these organizations for programs that may spark
the curiosity of the next generation of aerospace engineers and
These grants build on Alcoa's sponsorship of the Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum exhibition, "The Wright Brothers & The
Invention of the Aerial Age."
Alcoa, originally known as the Pittsburgh Reduction Company,
contributed to making the Wright brother's vision a reality by
supplying the aluminum for the crankcase of original Wright flyer.
Alcoa has produced products for the Aerospace industry ever since.
About Alcoa Foundation
Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that
actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than 29
countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's
grants address global and local needs in Areas of Excellence that
include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and
Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and
Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation manages the ACTION and
Bravo! employee volunteer programs. For more information about Alcoa
Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com, under Community.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of
the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging,
building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial
markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other
capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to
aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands
including Reynolds Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels,
and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl
siding, closures, precision castings, and electrical distribution
systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 41
countries. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.