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Visit of the Winner of the National Science contest junior 2014

Submitter: Roy van der Werp
Description: Friday April 10, Femke Akkermans was our guest here in Dwingeloo at ASTRON. Femke has won the National Science contest junior in 2014, and as first prize she was offered a weekend in Drenthe for four people, including a visit to ASTRON. She visited together with her father Rob, brother Joep and friend Stefanie.

After a slice of cake and some refreshments, Roy Smits kicked off with an exclusive presentation about pulsars in the Van de Hulst Auditorium, just for Femke and her guests. Roy explained how pulsars start and what "sound" they make. In between Roy tested the guests' knowledge by asking a couple of questions.

After the presentation, they went to the Dwingeloo telescope and had lunch at this unique location. Then Paul Boven explained about the telescope and operated it (manually) so that real live pulsars could be heard.

As final part of the visit, Raymond van den Brink and Sjouke Kuindersma took Femke and the others on a tour around the R&D labs. Highlight was the 3D printer which was used for name tag key chains and puzzles.

With a gift bag of ASTRON goodies including "Het Logboek" written by Anke den Duyn, the visit came to an end. Everyone was very enthusiastic and Femke and the others promised they would go to Westerbork and walk the Milky Way path that same weekend.

As you can see in the photo collage, it was a fun visit.
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