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Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Lamont students participating in the second annual NASA Summer of Innovation at CSUB look to the sky to track rockets launched by fellow participants. Five hundred students were involved in the 3-week program and participated in NASA inspired activities in science, technology, math and engineering.

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About 500 fourth- through seventh-graders from Lamont launched rockets they built on Thursday at Cal State Bakersfield as part of a program teaming the university with Taft College and NASA's Aerospace, Education Research and Operations Institute.

The students for three weeks built robots and rockets as part of the second annual NASA Summer of Innovation program. It was made possible by a $35,000 grant for supplies and teacher training from NASA's institute, as well as $3,500 from Chevron through DonorsChoose online charity for educators. The students also participated in daily NASA-inspired educational activities related to STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics.