World-renowned meteorite hunter and TV star to serve as keynote speaker for Kern’s Science Fair on March 24
Twenty years ago, Geoff Notkin did the one thing that everyone thinks about, but very few dare to do. He ditched his job as an art director and rock ‘n’ roll musician in Manhattan, and embarked on a daring quest for the elusive quarry he’d dreamed of since childhood: meteorites. The hunt for rare rocks from space – often worth more than gold – took Notkin to the far reaches of the planet and led to his starring role in the multi award-winning adventure TV series Meteorite Men, currently airing worldwide on Discovery Science and other networks.
Notkin will be the keynote speaker to kick off the 27th annual Kern County Science Fair March 24 at the Rabobank Convention Center. The annual event is the culmination of months of hard work for hundreds of local 4th through 12th graders who have risen through their school and district ranks for a chance to showcase their science projects and compete at the county level.
Notkin’s address will begin at 9 a.m., before judging of student projects starts at 10 a.m. The public is invited for viewing of student projects from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. First or second place finishers may be eligible to compete in the 64th annual California Science Fair to be held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on May 18-19.
Like the hundreds of Kern County students who have been invited to compete at this year’s fair, Notkin’s passion for science began at a young age. His childhood memories include viewing his first meteorite in London’s Geological Museum at age 7, skipping school to witness the Apollo 11 moon landing at age 8, and – at the tender age of 12 – nearly falling into an active volcano while on vacation in Iceland with his family.
Notkin later became a professional rock musician, giving his billing as one of the “Rock Stars of Science” a fitting double meaning. His sold-out speaking engagements are equal parts entertainment and enlightenment, combining his passion for meteorites with action-packed tales of his world travels, including the making of Meteorite Men and his current TV series, STEM Journals on which he also serves as executive producer. Notkin has won two Telly awards for Meteorite Men, along with two Emmy awards and two Tellys for STEM Journals.
While Notkin’s passion is science, he still loves rock ’n’ roll.