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NASA Dryden Promotes STEM Careers at Salute to Youth
September 24, 2013

[image-36]Representatives of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center joined their peers from Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, Northrop-Grumman, The Air Force Research Laboratory and other aerospace entities Sept. 19 to encourage hundreds of area middle- and high-school students to consider careers in scientific, technical, engineering and related fields at the annual Salute to Youth at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Calif.

[image-51]The annual event is sponsored by the Antelope Valley Union High School District and coordinated by Diane Walker, the district's coordinator of College and Career Readiness.

A quartet of NASA Dryden personnel briefed students on their careers during two morning sessions that centered on the so-called STEM fields of education – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They included NASA research pilot and navigator Carl Magnusson, aerodynamics engineer Sarah Arnac, computer engineer Karla Shy and aircraft technician Jason Nelson.

NASA Dryden's exhibit, which focused on both aeronautics and space technology research and included several hands-on educational tools, was selected as the best of about a half-dozen such displays at this year's Salute to Youth. The exhibit was staffed by representatives of Dryden's Office of Education and the AERO Institute, including Shaun Smith, Sondra Geddes, David Alexander, Cecilia Cordova and Candance Clements.

NASA Dryden photos by Ken Ulbrich

Shaun Smith, a flight projects education specialist at the NASA Dryden-affiliated AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., demonstrates imagery from an infrared camera to two student attendees at the 2013 Salute to Youth.
Shaun Smith, a flight projects education specialist at the NASA Dryden-affiliated AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., demonstrates imagery from an infrared camera to two student attendees at the 2013 Salute to Youth.
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NASA Dryden's informal education manager Cecilia Cordova demonstrates how to operate a hands-on hydraulic robot arm educational tool to a team of students at the 2013 Salute to Youth.
NASA Dryden's informal education manager Cecilia Cordova demonstrates how to operate a hands-on hydraulic robot arm educational tool to a team of students at the 2013 Salute to Youth.
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NASA Dryden's informal education manager Cecilia Cordova demonstrates how to operate a hands-on hydraulic robot arm educational tool to a team of students at the 2013 Salute to Youth.
NASA Dryden's informal education manager Cecilia Cordova demonstrates how to operate a hands-on hydraulic robot arm educational tool to a team of students at the 2013 Salute to Youth.
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