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Friday, Jun 22 2012 12:37 PM

Students launch rockets built in innovation program

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Mariela Valadez, a Lamont student going into the 7th grade next year, launches a rocket on the grounds of CSUB with the help from CSUB associate professor Carl Kloock, left, and Joseph Gonzalez a biochemistry student, during the second annual NASA Summer of Innovation. During the 3-week program students participate in NASA inspired activities in science, technology, math and engineering.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Lamont students participating in the second annual NASA Summer of Innovation at CSUB look to the sky to track rockets launched by fellow participants. Five hundred students were involved in the 3-week program and participated in NASA inspired activities in science, technology, math and engineering.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

About 500 fourth- through seventh-graders from Lamont launched rockets they built on Thursday at Cal State Bakersfield as part of a program teaming the university with Taft College and NASA's Aerospace, Education Research and Operations Institute.

The students for three weeks built robots and rockets as part of the second annual NASA Summer of Innovation program. It was made possible by a $35,000 grant for supplies and teacher training from NASA's institute, as well as $3,500 from Chevron through DonorsChoose online charity for educators. The students also participated in daily NASA-inspired educational activities related to STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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