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CSUB partners with Lamont School District for NASA Rocketry Camp

Two hundred middle school students in Lamont attended the NASA Summer of Innovation Rocketry Camp - a collaborative project between California State University, Bakersfield and Lamont School District. The two entities worked together to receive a $32,500 grant from the Aerospace, Education Research and Operations (AERO)-Institute partnering with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The camp took place at Myrtle Avenue Grade School, with a culminating rocket launch on the CSUB campus.

The hands-on summer camp involved students from Mountain View Middle School in Lamont learning rocketry principles aligned with California state standards in science, math, technology, and language arts using curriculum provided by NASA. Students worked in teams to solve challenges that are engaging and fun as they build, test, and ultimately launch their model rockets.

“Building strong partnerships that introduce middle school students to exciting learning opportunities and the idea of attending college will bolster CSUB’s effort to increase the college going rate in Kern County,” said Curt Guaglianone, CSUB Principal Investigator for the program.

This is the second year of NASA’s Summer of Innovation program, which will serve 40,000 students nationwide this summer. The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center’s program will reach more than 2,000 students in Southern California and Arizona.

For more information about NASA’s Summer of Innovation, visit www.nasa.gov/soi.

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