Former Astronaut and U.S.
Senator Honors Science Fair Winners, Address
Museum Celebration of Naval Aviation’s
Winners in the St. Mary’s County Science Fair were honored by
Former Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn on Wednesday, April 13
at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Following that ceremony,
Sen. Glenn headlined the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Association (PRNAMA) fundraiser, “An Evening with John
The first event focused on the importance of STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs in education.
Science projects from all levels from the fair — elementary,
middle and high school — were on display at the museum. As
Sen. Glenn has stated, “The most important thing we can do is to
inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and
technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next
phase of space travel.”
The formal program started at 4 p.m. with brief remarks from Sen.
Glenn. He highlighted the importance of maintaining top
scholars in science, lest we become a second rate nation. He
emphasized the importance of discovery and novelty which has been a
part of our national heritage. After those remarks, Sen. Glenn
personally congratulated each of this year's Science Fair winners
from St. Mary's County public and private schools. The
program concluded at 5 p.m. This event was free and open to
The fundraiser, which celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Naval
Aviation, was held between 6-9 p.m. at the River’s Edge Catering
and Conference Center, on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
This ticketed event was completely sold out.