NASA Dryden research pilot Jim Smolka and operations engineer Leslie Molzahn demonstrate the partial pressure suits they wear when flying high-performance aircraft during the 2009 Bohn-Meyer Math and Science Odyssey at Antelope Valley College. (NASA photo / Tom Tschida) LANCASTER, Calif. - More than 200 Antelope Valley seventh-graders will experience hands-on learning activities during the Bohn-Meyer Math and Science Odyssey on Friday, Feb. 4 at Antelope Valley College. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college's Lancaster campus, 3041 W. Avenue K.
Students from eight area schools will attend three different workshops led by professionals in the fields of engineering, meteorology, physics, chemistry and mathematics from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Antelope Valley College and Lockheed Martin.
This year's student workshops follow the event theme, "STEMing a Greener Future." STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The odyssey is designed to encourage students to pursue studies in STEM disciplines to promote career interest in those fields.
Workshops will feature such topics as "Flying Toward A Greener Future" and "Green Aircraft-1,000 Miles Per Gallon," as well as hands-on activities with "Physics is/Phun" and aircraft life-support technicians' demonstrations.
The event is named for Marta Bohn-Meyer, former chief engineer at NASA Dryden at Edwards Air Force Base. Bohn-Meyer, who was a staunch supporter of and regular participant in the event, died in a private plane accident in 2005.
Bohn-Meyer's husband, Bob Meyer, NASA's program manager for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, will offer introductory remarks. AVC President Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. will give closing remarks and the day's events will culminate in a flyover by a NASA jet.
In addition to NASA Dryden, Antelope Valley College and Lockheed Martin, sponsors and contributors include the AERO Institute, the American Association of University Women, Impressive Printing and Sparkletts.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Journalists who wish to cover this event at Antelope Valley College should contact Steve Standerfer, director of the college's Public and Governmental Relations office, at 661-722-6312/661-917-8551, or Leslie Williams, NASA Dryden public affairs, at 661-276-3893.
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