Two ninth grade students in the Manatee School District were recently singled out for recognition by the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA). The awards were presented at the January 28 awards ceremony for the Lockheed Martin Manatee Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Anna Zimmerman – a student at Brandon River Middle School -- was honored for her Aerospace themed project – “An Eco-Friendly Rocket Fuel”. Her research evaluated the comparative performance of a hybrid rocket motor when using bees wax as a fuel as compared to paraffin based fuel.
| Merritt Kendzior poses next to her Science Fair|
project, "Wing It."
|Anna Zimmerman displays her "First in Class" Science Fair plaque and the Air Force Association |
Certificate of Achievement and Recognition Medal.
The Air Force Association has over 100,000 members in over 200 chapters worldwide. Its mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, the Association pursues three major goals: EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security; ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education; and SUPPORT the total Air Force family and promote aerospace education.
The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA) is the newest Chapter in the Association – having been awarded its charter in October 2012. It is comprised of approximately 300 members living in Sarasota & Manatee counties.