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Former Astronaut and U.S. Senator Honors Science Fair WinnersAddress Museum Celebration of Naval Aviation’s 100th

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 Glenn.”  

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 public.

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.

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