Monthly Archives: March 2014

Erie High School team a finalist in national engineering-design contest

A high school team from Erie High School in southeast Kansas is among five finalists in a national engineering design contest.

Lockheed Martin, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace are sponsoring the contest, which is in its first year, to engage students in engineering and space exploration.

The design challenge presented in this year’s contest was to mitigate the dangers of radiation for astronauts as they travel or spend long amounts of time in space.

According to a news release from the contest sponsors, the students were asked to design an experiment to protect a dosimeter, which is an instrument that measures radiation exposure.

The winner will be named at an event in April in Washington, D.C.

The winning team will have its designed device included aboard a test flight of the Orion, a vehicle being developed by Lockheed Martin for long-duration space exploration.

In addition to the team from Erie High School, finalists included teams from Illinois, Utah, Virginia and California.

TGA plans promotional event tonight at Golf Etc.

TGA of Central Kansas, which provides youth golf programs, is partnering with Golf Etc. for a promotional event that will run from 6 to 8 tonight at the Golf Etc. store at 2621 N. Greenwich.

According to a news release from TGA, the event will include activities for children as well as some discounted prices. Golf Etc. also will donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to the TGA Sports Foundation, according to the release.

Also during the event, TGA will give away a golf camp scholarship that is valued at $189.

TGA of Central Kansas was founded in 2013 and offers after-school golf programs and camps. To learn more about the group, go to

Wichita ranks No. 5 in best places for professional women to live

Movoto, a website that provides information about the real estate sector, says Wichita is one of the best places for professional women to live.

Wichita ranked No. 5 on its list of 100 metropolitan areas for working women.

Atop the list was Lubbock, Texas.

It was followed by Omaha, Neb., Corpus Christi, Texas, and Lincoln, Neb.

The writers at Movoto said criteria for the rankings included the following: average commute time, recent job growth, unemployment rates, adjusted earnings (adjusted for cost of living relative to other cities), and the number of women’s professional groups per capita.

Movoto seemed impressed by Wichita’s average salary for working women, which it said was $649 a week, and by the 20-minute average commute time.

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