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January 18, 2007

Dryden Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523
Phone 661/276-3449
FAX 661/276-3566

Beth Hagenauer
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 661/276-7960

Bohn-Meyer Math and Science Odyssey Jan. 26 at AVC

LANCASTER - More than 260 Antelope Valley eighth grade students will experience hands-on science during the Bohn-Meyer Math and Science Odyssey on Jan. 26. The event will be held at Antelope Valley College from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Students from 14 area schools will choose from 21 workshops led by professionals in the fields of engineering, meteorology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. Two teacher workshops will also be offered.

This year's hands-on student project follows the odyssey's theme, Mojave Winds. Teams will design and build a device to measure the direction and speed of the wind. Their final project, built without any electrical components, will be demonstrated and judged at the event.

The odyssey is held annually to encourage students to continue their studies in math, science and technology and promote career interest in those fields.

The event is named for Marta Bohn-Meyer, former chief engineer at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center 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, Dryden's Associate Director for Programs and program manager of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, will offer introductory remarks. Dr. Jackie Fisher, Antelope Valley College superintendent / president, will welcome the students. Commander Chuck Street, Los Angeles radio and television helicopter pilot and morning traffic reporter, will fly into the event and give a lunchtime presentation. The day will conclude with the flyover of a NASA research aircraft.

Sponsors and contributors include Southern California Edison, NASA Dryden, U.S. Borax, the AERO Institute, the Antelope Valley Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, Lancaster West Rotary, Impressive Printing, A.V. Trophy, the Air Force Flight Test Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Co., the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Weather Association, the Antelope Valley College Foundation, and the American Association of University Women.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Journalists who wish to cover the event at Antelope Valley College should contact Steve Standerfer of the college's public relations office 661-722-6312 or 661-917-8551.


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