Lincoln Laboratory helps Lexington celebrate its 300th birthday


Lincoln Laboratory joined Lexington in celebrating the 300th anniversary of its incorporation as a Massachusetts town by participating in a weekend fair entitled LexCelebrate! Incorporation Weekend. Held at Lexington High School on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 March, the fair had as its theme, discover our roots and see how we've grown. This theme resonated through a day of events that included reenactments from the Revolutionary War days; panel discussions on history, politics, and the local technology revolution; workshops and performances in the arts; and sports and recreational activities.

Lexington 300 celebration - Lincoln presentation Robert Atkins shows one of the key computer breakthroughs developed under the SAGE project—the magnetic-core memory array.

Robert Atkins, head of the Advanced Technology Division, participated in the Military History panel, presenting an overview of the Laboratory's history and discussing its important role in the development of radar technologies and the early air defense system called Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE). He explained how Lincoln Laboratory’s SAGE project was responsible for the development of technologies that gave birth to modern computing and how the Laboratory has continued to provide critical technologies for national security for more than 60 years. Members of the Hanscom Air Force Base also participated in this panel discussion, covering the history of the Base and its role today.

Lexington 300 celebration - Lincoln presentationIn his explanation of the Ceres Connection educational outreach program, Grant Stokes showed this certificate that tells Lexington High School's Noah Arbesfeld, a finalist in the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search, he was selected to have an asteroid (minor planet) named in his honor.

Grant Stokes, head of the Aerospace Division, spoke at the From Farming to Technology panel discussion. After giving a brief summary of the range of key technologies that have been developed at Lincoln Laboratory, he discussed the Laboratory's influence on both the local economy and the technology boom in this region. Stokes also touched upon the Laboratory's commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational outreach. He highlighted a program that he has been involved with since its inception in 2001, the Ceres Connection, which names asteroids discovered by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program in honor of students who win select science competitions and their teachers. Stokes noted that three Lexington High School students have been honored by the Ceres Connection, including Noah Maxwell Arbesfeld, whose 2009 certificate acknowledging "his" asteroid was displayed to illustrate the astronomical details provided to honorees.

Lexington 300 celebration - Lincoln presentationTodd Rider demonstrates experiments that students can perform with magnets.

In the high school's gymnasium, Todd Rider, a senior staff member in the Bioengineering Systems and Technologies Group, presented a sampling of science exhibits and experiments similar to those available for schools to book through the Classroom Presentations program he coordinates for the Laboratory's STEM outreach initiative. A steady stream of students and adults visited this display throughout the day.

Posted April 2013

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