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Tuesday, Nov 27 2012 05:00 AM

Super Science Saturday a success

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Team Member Jonathan Roberts is pictured helping kids make bouncy balls during Super Science Saturday held Nov. 10. Photo courtesy of Connie McCullough

A local boy checking out the quad rotor, subject of one presentation during Super Science Saturday held Nov. 10. Photo courtesy of Connie McCullough

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Tehachapi High School Robotics Club hosted its second annual Super Science Saturday, featuring a First Lego League (FLL) Scrimmage and a Science Expo.

Hundreds of local youth attended the free event, learning about science and technology through hands-on activities, displays, games, and speakers.

The FLL Scrimmage enabled four local teams and two teams from Edward's AFB to get together and strut their stuff as their LEGO Mindstorms robots raced to complete the "Senior Solutions" challenge.

Students also gave presentations on issues that our nation's seniors are currently facing and their ideas on how to best resolve these obstacles.

Although the Super Science Saturday Scrimmage isn't an official qualifying event for teams to advance to the national competition, it provides an opportunity for local teams to practice and refine their skills for the competitions over the next two months.

Guest speakers from Edwards, NASA, X-COR, and Scaled Composites presented new technologies and concepts to older students while younger ones interacted with science through booths and displays.

Kids of all ages were able to learn about biology, chemistry, electronics, physics, and engineering through a variety of hands-on booths.

It was tough to determine a favorite for the day, as the "Make your own Bouncy Ball" booth was always crowded, the "Blinky Bug" booth always had a line, and every seat was full at the "We Do Robots" station.

Parents found some fun locations too, persevering by learning to solve Rubik's cubes and exploring a math facts card game and app that turns integer math into a super hero adventure.

There was greater community participation at the event this year.

The City of Tehachapi advertised the event; The Arts, Science and Technology Council of Tehachapi lent a judge for the FLL Scrimmage; the Tehachapi Library and the Tehachapi Gem and Mineral Society hosted outstanding booths; and the Tehachapi Astronomy Club featured a booth and our closing presentation.Though a bit too cold to gaze at the stars, it was a stellar presentation nonetheless.

Two THS clubs (Habitat for Humanities and the California Scholarship Federation) and one JMS club (the Science Olympiad) hosted booths to sell concessions and raise money for their activities.

With such success, the committee is already planning for next year's Super Science Saturday on Nov. 9, 2013, with plans to include a district science fair.

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