Students learn it’s rocket science

first_imgLANCASTER – Some 250 Antelope Valley area eighth-grade students participated Friday in the seventh annual Math and Science Odyssey at Antelope Valley College. The event was renamed this year for Marta Bohn-Meyer, the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center chief engineer who for its first six years served as the opening speaker. Bohn-Meyer died Sept. 18 in the crash of an aerobatic plane as she practiced for a competition. Students from 13 local schools attended Friday’s event, which was intended to encourage them to continue their studies in math, science and technology and promote career interest in those fields. This year’s theme was “100 Years of Einstein,” marking the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s publication of three seminal articles about physics. – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Twenty-five workshops were offered letting youngsters choose from topics including astronomy, chemistry, physics, computer applications, medical and veterinary sciences, and aeronautics sessions. A NASA teacher workshop will be offered to attending teachers to help them incorporate the event’s topics into their classrooms. Speakers included Jet Propulsion Laboratory earthquake researcher Andrea Donnellan, who talked about using satellite technology to measure movement of the Earth’s crust, and Antelope Valley College physics professor Christos Valiotis, who talked about Einstein’s work and its impact on modern life. The workshops were run by representatives of the Air Force Flight Test Center, the Air Force Research Lab, NASA Dryden, Lockheed Martin Aerospace Company, U.S. Borax, Antelope Valley College, Quartz Hill Veterinary Clinic, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The event was sponsored by the Antelope Valley College Foundation, U.S. Borax, and the Antelope Valley Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, a women pilots organization. Lancaster West Rotary Club provided a complimentary lunch. last_img

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