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March 20th, 2013

9 a.m. Friday, March 22 – McLane Middle School advanced science students will send a small package to the edge of space with the help of JP Aerospace.  The launch is set for April 6 from New Mexico, but students will load their “MiniCube” with four science experiments for shipping to JP Aerospace this Friday at 9 a.m. JP Aerospace provides opportunities for students to send science experiments in flight to an altitude of 100,000 feet (nearly 20 miles) on high altitude balloons.  MiniCubes are five centimeter plastic square cubes that collect pictures of space and report on the flight.  The McLane MiniCube will contain the following four experiments:

1. Will popcorn pop in a vacuum?
2. Will a marshmallow boil in a vacuum?
3. Will seeds germinate after being exposed to the cold, vacuum, and radiation in the stratosphere?
4. Will a thumb drive keep data intact after being exposed to ultraviolet radiation in the stratosphere?

Students will design and choose the science experiments, conduct research once the projects are in the stratosphere, and write a report about the flight.  McLane Middle School, 306 N. Knights Ave., Brandon.  Contact Frank Oliver or Gregory Cecil at 813-744-8100.

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 – Philip Shore Elementary Magnet School will host the 5th annual Hillsborough County Multicultural Music Festival celebrating cultures from around the world.  Students from 11 schools will perform steel drums, world drumming, choral, elementary band, Orff ensembles, cheerleading and dance groups, and recorder groups.  There will be a make-and-take instrument station available for students.  The festival finale will include a community drum circle.  Admission is free and a snack bar with treats from around the world will be available for purchase.  Philip Shore Elementary Magnet School, 1908 E. 2nd Ave., Tampa.  Contact Melanie Faulkner at 813-272-4897 or Nikki Schmucker at 813-276-5556.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22 – Muller Elementary Magnet School will “Celebrate America!” in a culminating event for classroom lessons about American heritage.  There will be musical and dance performances, crafts, and games. The evening will showcase the cultural contributions of various ethnic groups, as well as what it takes to be an American citizen.  Muller Elementary Magnet School cafeteria, 13615 N. 22nd St., Tampa.  Contact Wendy Harrison or Kelly Geurts at 813-558-1355.

3 p.m. Saturday, March 23 – More than 650 King High School students on 53 teams will participate in King’s annual Relay For Life event. King students and teachers, in affiliation with the American Cancer Society, have raised more than $73,000.  The opening ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on the King track.  Cancer survivors are invited to walk a lap with their caregivers, passing students who cheer with their banners and spirit sticks representing their teams.  The track will be divided into the seven continents, and each team has selected a country to represent.  At 9 p.m., a ceremony of lighting candle luminaries will take place in memory of loved ones who passed away from cancer and to honor those who have survived the disease.  At 11 p.m., all guests will leave the field and students will camp out for the evening – for a night of reflection, walking for a cause, entertainment, and food.  King High School, 6815 N. 56th St., Tampa.  Contact Mike Rowan or Christine Munoz at 813-744-8333.

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