West teacher honored by Space Foundation
West Middle School science instructor Ranganath Weiner will be recognized by the Space Foundation as a teacher
liaison at the 20th Anniversary National Space Symposium at the Broadmoor March 29-April 1.
Weiner, who has taught at West 11 years, is the school's space and technology program director and is readying a student team this year for the American Rocketry Challenge, in which students design and build a rocket that must fly 1,250 in the air with two eggs as the payload.
According to the Space Foundation, Weiner will receive “special training and professional development,” although he said last week he is not yet sure what that will involve. One immediate benefit, he told the Westside Pioneer, is that he will be allowed to take 35 students to the symposium, which is otherwise a very expensive ticket.
He said he was grateful to those who wrote letters of support in his application for the honor. One of those was Kiara Nath, now in 12th grade at Coronado High School. She was a student of his when she was at West and credited him for helping her gain confidence in math and an interest in rocketry. Now she is taking advanced calculus and hopes someday to work for ground control at NASA… “but I don't want to fly,” she added.
Her sister, Allana, is now in seventh grade and taking a class from Weiner.
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