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  • 05 Sep 2017 5:22 AM | Anonymous

    Bradbury Science Museum was buzzing inside and out Friday during Robotics Night. The museum log book shows 795 people signed in for the popular event at which regional school robotics teams, and others, demonstrate their robots to the public. The free event is brought to the community by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust. Visitors had an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    A massive crowd surrounds representatives Liz Cavasos, Rod McNamara, Anne Honstein, Lesley Harelson and Pamela Mayfield from NMB&T, which sponsored Robotics Night at the Brabury Science Museum Friday evening in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

    Every area of the Bradbury Science Museum was busy Friday night during Robotics Night. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Joseph Thompson, left, assists Gabe Clegg at Friday's robotics event at Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Eleanor Van Roekel gets ready to shoot a tee-shirt into the air with some assistance from Miriam Sintay at Friday's Robotics Night. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Robotics teacher Don Davis operates a robot from his seat at the University of New Mexico- Los Alamos table at Friday's robotics event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Tony Hinojosa displays Project Vex robotic vehicles during Robotics Night at Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Elizabeth Harrigan found a quiet spot during Robotics Night at Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Visitors attend a presentation on the Mars Rover Friday night at Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Suzannah Rousculp helps a young visitor to deliver a pig to a farm Friday at Robotics Night. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Friends Taylor Kanzleiter, left, and Violet Henderson volunteered at Robotics Night. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Rod McNamara and Anne Honstein from New Mexico Bank and Trust field questions at the front desk Friday for Robotics Night at Bradbury Science Museum.. The bank sponsored Friday's the event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Thad Hasselstorm checks out the displays at Bradbury Science Museum Friday evening with his children, Freja and Fredrick. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Project Y Robotics Club leader Andrew Erickson, far left, Andre Popa-Simil and Adam Nelson were on hand to assist visitors and answer questions at Robotics Night. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    No Los Alamos robotics event would be complete without Rasmussen, which was built by Project Y Robotics Club and named after the late Jane Rasmussen. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    New Mexico Bank and Trust volunteers Lesley Harelson, left, and Pamela Mayfield, center, chat with Bradbury Science Museum Association Board member Kristin Henderson. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Bradbury Science Museum Association Board President Andre Trottier and volunteer Shari Foley were on hand to sell BSM souvenirs at Friday's event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus chats with BSMA Board member Kristin Henderson Friday at Robotics Night. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Aram Belian, left, watches as Joe Johansen from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous-Devices Team operates a robot. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

    Benny Guo got to meet Rasmussen, the Project Y robot at Robotics Night Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com


  • 13 Jun 2017 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    LANB Market President Liddie Martinez engages with Pojoaque Valley students as they participate in a scavenger hunt around the museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

    Pojoaque Valley students explore the many exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

    Two Pojoaque Valley students look closely at the Energy-Saving Projects exhibit during their field trip to the museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

    BSMA News:

    In a combined effort, Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) provided bus transportation for some 1,200 students to have a fun-filled day in Los Alamos visiting the Bradbury Science Museum and rolling in the grass at Ashley Pond Park.

    Recently, 130 Pojoaque Valley sixth graders participated in the feild trip to the museum thanks to LANB.

    “The Bradbury Museum experience has been fantastic!” said teacher Laura Haynes of Pojoque Valley Intermediate School. “They loved the movie and I love how interactive this museum is.”

    LANB Market President Liddie Martinez, a 1983 Pojoaque Valley graduate, said she was thrilled to see the students enjoying the museum. “It’s amazing to see the growth of the school!, Martinez said. “Back in the 80’s the classes were much smaller, the growth has been amazing and I’m thrilled we were able to bring these students to the museum. I’m also grateful to the Bradbury for being such a wonderful host to all these field trip students this spring.”

    Earlier this year, LANB partnered with the BSMA by giving a $5,000 bus transportation grant specified for underserved school districts in Northern New Mexico.

    “With so much uncertainty surrounding budgets, the LANB transportation grant was greatly appreciated,” Haynes said.

    During the field trips, the museum staff organizes presentations and scavenger hunts to help the students experience the whole museum and see many types of STEM subjects and applications.

    “If our efforts inspire even a few students to study a STEM subject, then we are meeting our education outreach mission,” BSMA President Andy Trottier said. “We’ve had a great year in partnership with LANB, and through our combined efforts, we were able to bring around 1,200 students to the museum since February!”

    The BSMA is the nonprofit partner to the museum with the mission of providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education opportunities to the communities of Northern New Mexico. The BSMA is not part of the museum or the Lab and does not receive funding from the museum or the Lab. The BSMA relies on grants, memberships, donations and proceeds from merchandise sales through the Gadgets Gift Shop located inside the museum. The gift shop is a 100 percent volunteer operation, so store hours vary depending on the availability of volunteers 

    From left, BSMA President Andy Trottier, LANB Market President Liddie Martinez and Pojoaque Valley teacher Laura Haynes. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

    A Pojoaque Valley student examines the Marchant calculator during her field trip to the museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

    Pojoaque Valley students find information on The Atomic Age Begins timeline during their scavenger hunt at the musuem. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

    LANB Market President Liddie Martinez chats with Pojoaque Valley students during their field trip to the mueum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford


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