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By Tina Fisher Cunningham
Fisher Forde Media 

Joel's legacy

The Forde Files No. 153

 

Tina Fisher Cunningham

Joel Beckmann's grandson Kurt Jackson, IT chief for the STEAM Center. Photo of Beckmann is on the left.

A year after Joel Beckmann's death on Aug. 31, 2016, the STEAM Center (science, technology, engineering, arts/agriculture and mathematics) is bursting with programs and ideas. STEAM provided 2,200 solar eclipse glasses and instruction to Tehachapi schools. Beckmann was STEAM's driving spirit.

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Flying the Space Shuttle – Tehachapi High School sophomores (l-r) Magnus Loken, Alyssa Lundberg and Ethan Riley operate the full-size Space Shuttle cockpit simulator at the STEAM Center in a dedicated building on the THS campus. The simulator is one of a handful in the country. The students utilize original NASA Shuttle operations manuals.

 
 

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