The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and a Northern Virginia company have finalized a plan to launch rockets from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced the agreement with Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corporation regarding the launch site on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Two yard panthers and a little good wolf patrol the edge of the Dawnwood forest that is our backyard. We never know what is going to turn up out there so every day is apt to be a learning experience in my backyard laboratory.
Their formal names were slide rules, and folks called them “slip-sticks.” They were literally analog computers. Many years ago, slide rules were de rigeur for engineers and scientists, and especially several generations of high school and college students.
Not only that, but Neil Armstrong used one, according to a recent Wall Street Journal blog.
A team from Virginia Tech is at Wallops Island tomorrow morning (Thursday, August 23), for the launch of a suborbital rocket, carrying with it their experiments--and their hopes for a future in space exploration.
WCVE Public Radio’s Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report. Video segment courtesy of the University of Colorado.
Twenty-six of Virginia’s brightest and most promising high school students interested in pursuing health care careers recently completed an intensive Governor’s School program hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University.
This summer, Virginia students and teachers in grades 4-6 explored the possibilities of life on Mars as part of the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) Summer Camp and Teacher Training Institute. VISTA is a partnership among 69 school districts, six universities and the Virginia Department of Education. The goals of VISTA are to improve science teaching and student learning in Virginia.