Did Bob Lazar’s High School participate in the 1970’s Skylab Project? Yes! The 1972 Skylab Student Project.

For those that don’t know, Bob Lazar is a famous UFO Celebrity who says he worked at Area 51 (S-4) in 1988 and worked on a flying disc (UFO) from Zeta Reticuli 4. Lazar says he was a back-engineer.

NASA’s SkyLab Student Science Competition

The Skylab Student Project was conceived in 1971 by NASA to involve the public in the Skylab Program. The project aimed to peak interest in science and technology. The Skylab Student Project was specifically used to target young people with direct participation in the Skylab Program by offering an opportunity for students to submit science experiments to NASA for a chance to have those experiments put into space aboard Skylab.

CLICK HERE to view NASA’s historical record of this project.

Keith Stein Selected as a Winner

A schoolmate of Bob Lazar at W. Tresper Clarke High School in New York, was one of twenty-five student winners, selected nationwide in 1972, as part of the Skylab Student Project. The name of this high school student was Keith L. Stein and the teacher/sponsor was Dennis E. Unger.

The science experiment submitted and selected by NASA was, ” ED33 Micro-Organisms in Zero G

Was Dennis Unger one of Bob Lazar’s High School Science teachers? Remember when Bob Lazar first claimed his name was Dennis?

Keith L Stein meeting with NASA officials. – Credit: NASA

The 25 winners pictured together. – Credit: NASA


Newspaper Clipping Confirming School/Student

I was able to track down a newspaper article, published by the Pecos Enterprise, Friday, April 28, 1972, announcing the Skylab Student Project national winners. The article states, “Keith L Stein, 2167 Regent Court South, Westbury, N.Y., W. Tresper Clarke high School; Dennis E. Unger”.

Pecos Enterprise April 28, 1972

Pecos Enterprise April 28, 1972

Confirmation of Bob Lazar’s High School

Bob Lazar attended W. Tresper Clarke High School, in Westbury, New York, as confirmed by Dr Stanton Friedman who contacted the school to confirm Lazar attended the school. Friedman says the high school name was provided by George Knapp. The school confirmed to Dr. Friedman, Lazar graduated from the high school in August, 1976.

Using that date provided by W. Tresper Clarke High School, Lazar would have been a freshman in 1972, the same year Keith Stein was selected to work with NASA on the Skylab Student Project which continued into 1973. In 1972, this undoubtedly would have been city-wide news making Keith Stein a local celebrity. Is this the moment when Bob Lazar’s fascination with space and science began?

NASA’s Skylab Student Project Begins

NASA selected The NationalScience Teachers Association (NSTA) to sponsor, organize, and administer a nationwide competition for high school students, grades 9-12. The competition allowed for individual students, or groups of students, to create unique, meaningful science experiments that could be put to use on Skylab in space.

Summary of the Skylab Student Project. – Credit: NASA

25 National Winners Selected

According to NASA historical records, NSTA decided to implement the competition by dividing the students into “12 geographical regions with a Regional Chairmen appointed to receive all proposals for his region. The Regional Chairmen then appointed a committee or eminent scientists, engineers and science educators to evaluate each proposal. Some 80,000 applications were requested by teachers and 3409 proposals were submitted. Moreover, because of team proposals, over 4000 students participated and approximately 300 regional winners selected. The 300 winning regional proposals were transmitted to the NSTA headquarters where they were further screened. In March of 1972 twenty-five national winners and 22 special mentions were announced. The 25 winning students were then assigned science advisors at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The center selected by NASA to be responsible for development of the Student Project. The Johnson Space Center (JSC) also provided science advisers and valuable support.”

Map showing winners and locations. – Credit: NASA

Skylab student experiments. – Credit: NASA

Bob Lazar’s 1982 Jet Car Article Statement

O July 26, 1982, the Alamogordo Daily News published an article about Bob Lazar and his Honda Jet Car titled, “This is a real hot rod”. The newspaper refers to Lazar as a Physicist working at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility. This would be only six years after Lazar graduated from W. Tresper Clarke High School. That’s quite an achievement.

The reason I’m mentioning this, is because of the following statement written in the news article:

It’s something he’s been working on for years, starting when he worked YEARS AGO WITH ANOTHER RESEARCHER IN NASA on the technology.

Was Lazar referring to Keith Stein? Years ago? Is he referring to his high school days? The newspaper also states

…the car was already in the family…

Does this mean the car was in Lazar’s family while he attended W. Tresper Clarke high School? Did Keith Stein help Bob Lazar with the Honda Jet Car? Was Keith Stein a friend of Bob Lazar? Is Keith Stein the NASA researcher Lazar was speaking of? Lazar was approximately twenty-four years old in 1982.

Final Review and Approved Skylab Experiments

The following text is directly from NASA:

It [NTSA] also handled the logistics for conferences of the selected 25 students at MSFC in May 1972 and at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) during launch time, May 1973.

At the MSFC conference, in addition to talks by scientists, introduction to Skylab by managers, and a tour of the center, the students and their teachers met with their respective science advisers of the MSFC Skylab team to grapple with problems of integrating student experiments with Skylab. At the KSC conference the students, their teachers and parents, and NSTA leaders who worked on the project heard talks by leading scientists, held discussions with other principal Skylab investigators, toured the Kennedy Center, and witnessed the Skylab launch.

The conference at MSFC was organized to give the students direct experience with the problems of experiment integration on a spacecraft. Midnight oil was burned on numerous occasions during the week in preparation for the individual experiment presentations. Students, teacher sponsors, NASA-appointed science advisers, and members of the experiment integration team worked diligently in reviewing, revising, and making final preparation of the students’ material for the review board. The climax came when each one presented to the board his or her proposal, together with any necessary modifications recommended by the science adviser.

For those experiments requiring specially built equipment, a prototype was shown, together with development and test plans for the flight version. For those experiments that were to utilize Skylab’s experiments, the specific unit was identified, and a plan for using it was discussed. If the proposed experiment was associated with a major experiment of a scientist or principal investigator and he was available, he also participated in the review.

The result of the preliminary design review was the definition of 8 experiments not requiring new instruments, 11 needing them, and 6 that were not compatible with the Skylab. Efforts were made to permit students whose proposals were judged incompatible to participate through affiliation with principal investigators having experiments in related fields.

A mission-planning meeting was held at Johnson Space Center (JSC), in Houston, Tex., on May 23, 1972. The experiments to be included in Skylab were reconfirmed, together with the rationale for elimination of 6 of the 25 experiments from further Skylab development. Also, problem areas were defined, and various solutions were considered.

The student experiment critical design reviews were held at MSFC between August 8 and 10, 1972. The 11 students whose experiments required new equipment attended with their science advisers. The final selection of student experiments, by category, is shown in table 1. Development and program planning for the student experiments proceeded at an accelerated pace. All student experiments were delivered to Kennedy Space Center for installation aboard Skylab during the last week of January 1973.

The chosen Skylab experiments were as follows:

Final Skylab Student Experiments Selected for mission. – Credit: NASA