At the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque NASA had a tent where I was working on a vacuum chamber demonstration (upper right corner) to show the effects of making a sky jump like the one Felix Baumgartner made from over 120,000 ft but without wearing a pressure suit. The following week after surviving the landing of giant iron ball at the Fiesta (I'm still quick enough to run for cover-see video), I attended the International Symposium for Personal & Commercial Spaceflight in Las Cruces. My kids enjoyed getting on the Lynx suborbital spacecraft.
 
 
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Udvar-Hazy Space Museum had on loan the gloves and visor that Neil Armstrong used on the first man walk on the moon. You can see the reflection of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the glass case.

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 My kids had a blast learning about the incredible collection of airplanes, rockets and satellites.  The Enola Gay and a Concorde are housed here as well.

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Kids! Calculate the average speed of this SR71 final flight.
This SR71 Blackbird flew  at a speed record on March 6, 1990.  from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds.  After landing at Washington-Dulles International Airport, the airplane was turned over to the Smithsonian.


 
 
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One of the educational educational policy meetings I attended was organized by the Educational Policy Institute. Many of the authors of this book, a response to the movie Waiting for Superman, were there. Unfortunately, Diane Ravitch could not make it.

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Attended the premiere and reception of the Flight of the Butterflies at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed the audience and shared his thought on the importance of international partnerships to advance great causes.  

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Traveled to Chicago for the Galileo Educator Network workshop at the Adler Planetarium. I'm officially a Galileo Educator Fellow. I was a very intensive two-day workshop. All activities and lessons were referenced against the eight practices of the Framework for K12 Science Education. I would love to share what I learned back at LCPS.