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February Meeting and Technical Program

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Energizing Future Scientists & Engineers:
Exciting Opportunities in Our Community

Annmarie Hyrb

Coordinator of Volunteers

Lancaster, PA

454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601


  5:30: Social hour will last 1 hour.
      During this time we are free to explore the interactive exhibits in the museum.
      Wear comfortable shoes, dress informally, we expect you to play!;

  6:30: Buffet Dinner
  7:30: Speaker

Buffet Dinner Includes: :  Various appetizers, Vegetarian baked ziti, Herb roasted chicken, Assorted quiches, Vegetable salads, Brownie & cookie tray

Cost: Members and guests: $15, Retirees: $10, Students:$5

*** Please Register Early***

   Reservations: Deadline: Wednesday, February 4, 2009

 ***ASM will be the first outside organization to use the Science Factory after hours and extra lead time is needed to arrange volunteers and organize other logistics.

Register on line: REGISTER HERE
   phone: Steve Baumann at Alcoa Mill Products   (717) 393-9641 ext:1889

Energizing Future Scientists and Engineers:
Exciting Opportunities in Our Own Community

“Science and technology are increasingly recognized as the drivers of economic growth today, and they will have an increasing role in the future. Nations will prosper in proportion to their scientific, technological and engineering capacity, in turn a function of their strength in both education and research.” Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, May 26, 2008

As the U.S. strives to encourage more students to choose careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), innovative programs are being used to excite children about the fundamentals of science. Join us as we devote a fun-filled, informative evening to this critical topic.

Our meeting venue is the Lancaster Science Factory, established in 2008 to promote fun and exciting ways to learn about the principles of science. After a social hour spent exploring the hands-on exhibits in the museum, including the new K’nex exhibit, we will enjoy a buffet dinner.

About our Speaker

Annmarie Hyrb, Annmarie Hyrb will discuss the goals, successes and opportunities of the Lancaster-Lebanon Science and Technology Alliance, a not for profit organization comprised of volunteers who are devoted to assisting local schools and teachers to provide quality programs in science and math. Ms. Hyrb is the Coordinator of Volunteers. These volunteers present programs on career awareness, perform science demonstrations in schools, and assist with the Chemistry and Physics Olympics programs. During the 2007-2008 school year, LLSTA volunteers reached 6800 students.

Related Information

The Lancaster Science Factory has the mission to create an environment for learning which helps children develop curiosity, think creatively and build confidence as they learn the principles of science and the application of science in engineering and technology.

The factory opened in Jan. 2008 in the former Kerr Glass building, at the edge of Lancaster City. It’s proximity to the city’s high school and middle school has led to deliberate and close collaboration, allowing it to be a demonstration lab for students within the School District of Lancaster. The programs at the Science Factory have been designed to let teachers demonstrate the principles of science covered in the curriculum using interactive hands-on exhibits. The Lancaster Science Factory has also been designated an Innovative Education Organization by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Some of the exhibits were designed and built by local companies.

Exhibits include: K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides, Light and vision, Water and Fluid Dynamics, Electricity and magnetism, Air power and Convection, Newton’s Laws, Alternative Energy Source, Mechanical and Motion, Puzzles and Brain Teasers and Structural Engineering.

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The Lancaster-Lebanon Science and Technology Alliance has the mission to promote technological literacy by enriching the quality of science, mathematics and technology education for K-12 students. LLSTA is a not for profit organization, dependent upon volunteers to meet its goals, and is always looking for new participants who want to share their experiences in STEM careers with the children of our community. It has a variety of outreach programs, all designed to promote science and technology. web address:

South Central PA ASM Chapter website

Earlier this year our chapter launched its website to help share news and information amongst our members. If you haven’t already done so, check it out. The web address is:

The site will have information on the Technical Program for the year as well as detailed information about the upcoming meeting. You can register for the upcoming meeting by clicking on Reservations. There is information on Student Outreach opportunities within our local communities, as well as contact information for Chapter officers and E.C. members. In addition you’ll find many useful links pertinent to ASM and the companies that support our chapter through advertisement. Do you have a comment or suggestion? Click on Comments and let us know what it is. Make this link one of your Favorites.
We are very grateful to our webmaster, Dr. Ed Garrity - ACR Scientific Corp., for use of his server space and for all the work he and Tim Eck- Alcoa Mill Products are doing in constructing and maintaining the site.

Our May 2009 Meeting
The 2008 – 2009 Program at the front of this announcement does not show a meeting for May. That is an oversight. We will have a May Chapter meeting. Currently it is scheduled for May 13th. Our speaker will be Mr. Peter Dent of Electron Energy Corporation who will speak to us on the topic of: “The Renaissance: The Dawn of Modern Science and Thinking”. More details about the location and time will appear in future announcements.