San Diego Science Festival 2009: California Government Officials and Lockheed Martin Kick-Off the San Diego Science Festival!

Speakers left to right: Loren Thompson, Asst. Chancellor, UC San Diego; John Garamendi, California Lt. Governor; Nicole Garcia, Castle Park High School Student Speaker; Craig Venter, Founder of Venter Institute and Science "Rockstar"; Ray O. Johnson, Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin, Festival Co-Host; Tom Torlakson, California Assemblymember; Larry Bock, Festival Co-Host (not pictured, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Art Ellis, Asst. Chancellor of Research, UC San Diego)

Lockheed Martin Becomes San Diego Science Festival's Host With The Most
Lockheed Martin, committed to fostering a pioneering scientific spirit, has signed on as the largest corporate donor and corporate host for the San Diego Science Festival, planned as the West Coast's largest ever science celebration. The Festival is a FREE, grassroots collaboration of over 300 organizations with over 500 hands-on activities throughout March and Expo Day on April 4. This interactive, multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-disciplinary celebration of science is dedicated to encouraging the nation's youth to pursue careers focused in science, research, and mathematics. The full schedule of awesome events can be found at the SD Science Festival website.

Virtual Reality, Flight Simulators, Cars That Drive Themselves, Oh My!
Lockheed Martin, a national leader in Defense, Aeronautics, Electronic Systems, and Space Systems, has created an exciting series of exhibits for the Festival called "On the Leading Edge of Science", held at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. On Expo Day Saturday April 4, the company will showcase its authentic fighter-jet Cockpit Simulator from Dallas/Ft. Worth, its VirtuSphere enhanced 3-D virtual reality training module from Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and its Prius Urban Challenge Vehicle from its facility in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. These exhibits are among the dozen hands-on experiences Lockheed Martin is providing. Festival-goers will be able to experience science fiction transformed into science fact before their very eyes!

Meet a Real Live Astronaut, While You're At It
To further enhance the authenticity and wow-factor of the event, the San Diego Science Festival has invited astronaut Marsha S. Ivins to meet, greet and interact with Festival-goers on April 4, as part of the Lockheed Martin Exhibit at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. An engineer in her early days at NASA, Ms. Ivins has logged several orbital flights and over 6,600 hours in civilian and NASA aircraft. Come meet a real live Astronaut!

California Government Taking Back the Month - For Science
Science in America needs a turbo-boost. So, to counteract the educational budget cuts affecting math and science education, not to mention the continuous decline of California student's math and science scores, Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, Lt. Governor John Garamendi, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, UC San Diego, BioBridge and the first-annual San Diego Science Festival joined forces at UCSD on February 25th to declare March as California's inaugural "Science Education Month." Several Nobel Laureates, including Craig Venter, the man who first mapped the human genome, were on hand to lend their vociferous support. Watch SDSF on the news here.

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