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May 2010

Kennedy Middle School Dominates Alternative Fuel Challenge

It was quite an eventful day for three teams of students from Albuquerque’s Kennedy Middle School who took first place honors in the essay, oral, and design competitions at the 4th Annual Alternative Fuel Challenge held recently in Albuquerque. Carlsbad’s P.R. Leyva Middle School won first place in the alternative fuel race. 

Twenty-six teams, including three from Northern New Mexico, competed during the day. Not only did the students build their own hydrogen-powered vehicle for the Hydrogen Fuel Challenge race, they also had to answer the question, "What impacts, positive or negative, might hydrogen fuel technology have on our society?"

The top winning teams in all of the categories received cash prizes for their schools' science departments.

Los Alamos National Security, LLC, PNM, Sandia National Laboratories, and Albuquerque Public Schools were all sponsors of the event.

For more information, contact Janelle Vigil-Maestas with the LANL Community Programs Office at (505) 665-4329.

Expanding Your Horizons

Alarmed by the low number of females participating in math courses, a group of women scientists and educators in the San Francisco area started the Expanding Your Horizons Network back in 1974. The Lab has been a proud participant in the program for more than 30 years and hosted 65 young women for this year’s NNM Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science™ Conference. The gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)-related fields still exists, but the program continues to inspire the girls to pursue technical careers.

The daylong event involved middle- and high-school students in presentations and hands-on activities (including bridge building). More than 40 women from the Lab helped support the activities and served as role models for potential future scientists in the group.

Additionally, Santa Fe is launching its own Exploring Your Horizons events later this month, with support from the Laboratory, so even more young women can explore futures in math and science.

To learn more about the Lab event, or to receive notification for next year’s Expanding Your Horizons, contact Georgia Pedicini at (505) 667-8117 or gap@lanl.gov.

For more information on the Santa Fe activities, contact Caroline Dennis at (505) 310-3459 or visit http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conference/santafe/.

Family Days at the Museum in June and July

Soon, the summer call of “Mom/Dad, I’m bored.” could begin to ring in your ears. One way to have fun and encourage learning is to take a trip to the Lab’s Bradbury Science Museum for its Family Day each Tuesday in June and July. The first Family Day topic, “Agua Adventures” is scheduled for June 1, and will be followed by others such as Solar Day, Collections, StarLab, Bones, Magic, Balloon Science, and Robotics. Each program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free!

For more information, go to http://www.lanl.gov/museum/pdf/sasflyer.pdf or check out the Museum’s web page at http://www.lanl.gov/museum. Want to bring a group? If so, please call (505) 606-1492.

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