Amanda Song, a student at Cockeysville Middle School, was among five Baltimore County Public Schools students participating in the Maryland Department of Education's Summer Center for Space Science in July.

The summer program is sponsored by the Science Applications International Corporation and the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council.

Each day at the camp, students had the opportunity to work with NASA scientists and engineers to plan a space mission, including designing a satellite, building a scale model of a spacecraft, and designing a lunar robot.

As part of the two-week program, students presented mission plans they created to engineers from Hopkins and outside corporations at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, in Laurel. Among the teachers involved in the program was Cristina Reitmeyer, of Dulaney High School.


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In addition to Song, other county schools students in the program were Kip Van Sant and Kyle Del Puerto, of Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, Drew Wagner, of Hereford Middle, and Frankie Stevens, of Franklin Middle.

Two Carver students medal in Los Angeles at dance, arts competition

Jessica Pinkett, a 2011 graduate of the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, in Towson, and Kevin Cobb, a rising 12th grader at Carver Center, won bronze medals at the NAACP national Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics Competition.in Los Angeles July 22-24.

Pinkett was honored in the dance category. Cobb competed in painting. As bronze medalists, both Pinkett and Cobb received laptop computers and $2,000 awards.

Founded in 1978, ACT-SO is open to American high school students of African descent and includes competitions in 26 categories related to the sciences, humanities, performing arts, visual arts and business.

School system website offers list of back-to-school events

Back-to-school nights are being held across Baltimore County, though some schedules may have been altered because of to this week's delayed start of the school year.

To learn more about the schedule of back-to-school events at local schools, go to the "Highlights" section on the main page of the school system website, or call your neighborhood school.

Notre Dame Prep plans annual 5k 'Blazer Dash'

Notre Dame Preparatory School will hold its 15th annual Blazer Dash 5k run and walk on Sunday, Sept. 25, on its Towson campus. Walk-in registration begins at 7:45 a.m., with the run and walk starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit NDP-endowed funds and memorial tuition scholarships at the school.

Awards will be given to the top male and female runners overall and in various age categories. Registration fees are $30, or $35 on the day of race, for adults; $20 students; and $5 children younger than age 8.

To register, call 410-583-8797, or go to http://www.notredameprep.com.