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January 14, 2002

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More than 250 Antelope Valley middle school students will participate in Math and Science Odyssey 2002 on Jan. 18. NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's Education Office and Antelope Valley College jointly sponsor the event to be held at Antelope Valley College from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Students from 22 local schools will attend this year's Odyssey. Thirty different workshops are offered in three sessions throughout the day. The students will choose from a diverse selection of topics including astronomy, chemistry, physics, computer applications, medical and veterinary sciences, and aeronautics sessions.

Antelope Valley College President Daniel Larios, Ph.D., will present welcoming remarks. Marta Bohn-Meyer, Dryden's chief engineer, will deliver the keynote address.

Astronaut Vance Brand, Dryden's deputy director of aerospace projects, will make a lunch hour presentation about his experiences during the December 1990 space shuttle mission STS-35.

Two students will be presented scholarships to Aviation Challenge, a five-day simulation of jet- pilot and survival training. To win the scholarship, students submitted an essay explaining the discovery that would benefit humanity they hoped to make as an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

In addition to NASA Dryden and the college, the Antelope Valley College Foundation, Pacific Bell, U. S. Borax, the American Association of University Women, and the Antelope Valley Chapter of the Ninety-Nines are event sponsors and contributors.

The annual event is held to encourage students to continue their studies in math, science and technology and promote career interest in those fields. The program will conclude with a flyover of a NASA Dryden research aircraft.

Media Notice: For information about the event, please contact NASA Public Affairs at (661) 276-3449. Journalists who wish to cover the event at Antelope Valley College should contact Steve Standerfer of the AVC Public Relations Office (661) 722-6312.


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