Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mountain Avenue Elementary School Science Fair

Last Friday I attended a science fair at Mountain Avenue Elementary School.  The knowledge and ingenuity of the students there was literally out of this world -- two second-grade students launched a Barbie into space!  A couple of photos and a print copy of a local newspaper article are included below.

I presented certificates to all 140+ students who participated in  the fair in addition to the organizers of the fair
From left: Co-Chair Archana Sudamalla, School Principal Rebeca Witt, Assemblyman Mike Gatto,
Co-Chair Dr. Saty Ragvachary, Co-Chair Dr. Jackie Bodnar, and PTA President Ann Ortiz
(Photo courtesy of Mountain Avenue Elementary School)
Two particularly enterprising second-grade students launched a barbie  into space,
complete with a webcam and GPS Tracking system
(Photo courtesy of Mountain Avenue Elementary School)
This article appeared in the Crescenta Valley Weekly on January 31, 2013 
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Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly.  He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and portions of the Hollywood Hills and East Hollywood.


  1. Hi Mike, thank you for showing interest in, and making time to come out to see our science fair! It means a lot to our school and community. We'll be sure to invite you next year, and the next, and the next.. Please mark it in your calendar as an annual recurring event :)


  2. PS: Did not mean to leave out Justin, sorry! Justin, thank you as well for coming. Also, welcome to CA, and do be careful on your bike :)