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June 2, 2008

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

Alan Brown
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

Lorna Williams
AERO Institute

Middle School Student Robotics Workshop Slated in Palmdale

Local middle school students are invited to participate in a weeklong robotics workshop during the second week in July in Palmdale.

The free workshop is co-sponsored by the Lancaster High School Eagle Robotics Team in partnership with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and the AERO Institute. It is scheduled for July 7 through 12 at the AERO Institute, 38256 Sierra Hwy. in the Palmdale Civic Center.

The workshop is limited to students who will be entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grades this fall, who have not attended previous workshops and have not been affiliated with the FIRST robotics program. The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 30 students.

Students will learn about robotics and actually build a robot using the VEX robot kit during the two-part workshop, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Morning sessions will be devoted to educational presentations and activities. Afternoon sessions will be focused on building the robots, which will then participate in a competition on Saturday. All students must attend both components.

"If you are a student who has not had the opportunity to build a robot and are also looking for an introductory path to comprehending the significance and application of mathematics, science, and technology in a fun way, this workshop is for you," said Cecelia Cordova of the NASA Dryden education office.

Past workshop participants indicated their interest in engineering and mathematics was heightened significantly by their participation in the hands-on robotics activities, she added.

For more information and applications to attend the workshop, contacting Cordova at 661-276-3266 weekdays, e-mail Cecelia.cordova@nasa.gov, or Katherine Doran, 661-276-7570, e-mail Katherine.Doran-1@nasa.gov of NASA Dryden's education office; or Lorna Williams of the AERO Institute, 661-276-7615, e-mail Lorna.Williams@aeroi.org. Completed application documents and parent registration forms are must be submitted no later than June 13 to Lorna Williams at the AERO Institute at the address above.

For more information about NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and its research projects, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden

For more information about the AERO Institute, visit: http://www.aeroi.org/


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