Children's Museum, March 28th, 2009 Science Fair Winners were announced. Also in attendance was Adia Bulawa. 1 of the 9 finalists in NASA's "Name the New Mars Rover Contest". An 8 yr-old second grader, Adia chose the name "Amelia," after the famous aviator Amelia Earhart, the first woman to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, who was lost while crossing the Pacific in 1937 during the final leg of flight around the world. The nine finalists will have an opportunity to send a special message to the future to be placed on a chip carried by the Mars Science Laboratory rover and may also win a trip to a NASA laboratory in California. Votes were submitted from all over the world with Adia the only NYS entry! Her winning essay and "live voting" for Amelia took place online and out of our museum. Voting closed Sunday, March 29th with the final winner being announced by NASA late April/early May. Museum Director Brown presented Adia with Proclamations from Congressman Arcuri and NYS Senator Griffo. " As children in the U. S. struggle to compete with young minds in other nations, it is never too early to open a child's eyes to the wonders of science and technology, the disciplines of the future. We're excited Adia's Mom saw our Press Release on the contest, downloaded the form from our website, and out of 9,000 entries, became a finalist!" - Museum Director Marlene Brown.
Mars Rover Finalist at Childrens Museum
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