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Lakewood Named NASA Explorer Site

Lakewood High School had a visitor from outer space this week to inaugurate the school’s selection as a NASA Explorer School. Astronaut/Flight Surgeon David Wolf has logged 158 days in space over three different missions. Wednesday, he visited science and technology classrooms at Lakewood and spoke to packed assemblies about space exploration and space-related occupations. Joining him was Rich O’Toole, manager of the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Lakewood is one of 50 schools nationwide--the only high school in California--selected to be a NASA Explorer School. The three-year partnership will bring to Lakewood scientific and engineering adventures that engage students using unique NASA resources and capabilities. The program is designed to give students the foundation and inspiration to pursue careers in science, math and technology. Physical science teachers Aaron Volkoff, Miles Loveall and Lindsay Penney recently helped students design an experiment to be conducted in near-zero gravity. In April, the three will travel to Houston to conduct the experiment in NASA’s "Vomit Comet," an aircraft designed to simulate weightlessness by rapid descents from high altitudes.