MEDIA ADVISORY: Students from Parkland Middle to Get a Behind-The-Scenes Look at NASA Projects

October 29, 2014
Students from Parkland Magnet Middle School will be introduced to engineers and scientists working on some of NASA’s most groundbreaking projects, and will go behind the scenes of actual space missions that explore the relationship between Earth and the Sun. This unique experience is part of Space Academy, a program launched in 2000 and sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and Discovery Education.

The daylong event will feature a briefing on a selected mission, a simulated student press conference with mission team members, lunchtime discussions with scientists and engineers, and a behind-the-scenes look inside the Applied Physics Lab. Also participating are students from Annapolis Middle School in Anne Arundel County and Clarksville Middle School in Howard County. Leading up to the Space Academy, students learned about the mission, its science theme, and space-related careers through classroom activities and videos developed by the Applied Physics Lab.

Discovery Education is the leading provider of digital content for the classroom and a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel.

The Applied Physics Laboratory, a not-for-profit division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology.

WHO: Approximately 115 students and teachers from Parkland Magnet Middle School in Montgomery County and two other Maryland schools—Annapolis Middle School (Anne Arundel County) and Clarksville Middle School (Howard County).

Scientists and engineers from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Representatives from Discovery Education

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 30, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723

Michael Buckley, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, 240-228-7536

Shawnee Cohn, Discovery Education, 240-662-2661

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