This Saturday the SJAA is hosting the next installment of its (somewhat) monthly speaker series. This month, the featured speaker is David Raimondi, President of the Livermore Unit of the National Association of Rocketry (LUNAR). His topic is "Rocketry in Education".
When: Saturday, 21 Sept 2013, social hour starts at 7:30, meeting and speaker starts at 8PM
Where: San Jose's Houge Park
Mr. Daimondi will talk about the LUNAR club and what they do, about Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites (ARLISS), and STEM outreach. He was on a Team that flew to 104,659 feet in the fall of 2012. The TARC Program is a national challenge for 7th - 12th graders to design build and fly a model rocket that can carry a small altimeter, 1 or 2 raw eggs, to a specific altitude and flight duration, and return the egg safely to the ground. This program is sponsored by AIA and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).
It's important to keep in mind that LUNAR, based in the eastern bay area town of Livermore, has a focus of science education, in a very similar way that the SJAA has a mission to bring astronomy and science education to the public. I'm proud to support their mission.
Before the meeting/speaker begins, the SJAA board will be meeting to discuss club business, beginning at 6PM in Bldg 1 at Houge Park (building closest to the parking lot). All are invited, and we have a packed agenda, including updates about the new website (what's next!), updates from the dark sky site committee, and lots more. Everyone is invited to attend the board meeting, just show up and we'll make you feel welcome. The board would love the participation!