SUN ’n FUN hosts international Skype event

SUN ‘n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Florida — Students at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy and students at the Nannestad High School outside of Oslo, Norway, will be the guests at the first International Skype event hosted by SUN ‘n FUN and the Florida Air Museum. The event, on Thursday, Nov. 7, is also open to the general public.

It begins at noon with Major Frode Dahl of the Norwegian Air Defense, a fighter pilot who since 2004 has played an important role in defining Norway’s need and specifications for a new fighter plane. He will present the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with its stealth technology and advanced computer systems that is set to replace Norway’s aging fleet of F-16s.

At 1 p.m. officials from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab will present the latest findings from Curiosity, the Mars Rover. Also discussed will be the newest MAVEN spacecraft, scheduled for launch in late November. Sarah Marcotte from the Mars Laboratory at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the invited speaker.

Coordinating the activity with Lori Bradner, Executive Director of Education at SUN ‘n FUN is Kjell Arnt Nystol, a STEM teacher at Nannestad High School. He is also a board member of the Nannestad Newton Science Center at Nannestad High School. Nystol is the representative for the State of Akershus to the Forum for Mathematics, Science and Technology, an independent collaboration between academia, government, labor unions and large industries in Norway.

Communication channels and video interviews on site are being conducted by Kathleen High School video teams with guidance and audio/visual assistance from the Florida Aviation Network.

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