NOTE TO EDITORS:
NASA CONNECT PREMIERES NORTHERN LIGHTS SHOW
NASA Langley Research Center's Office of Education and Virginia
Beach City Public Schools are partnering to premiere, Dancing in
the Night Sky. The program will debut on Thursday, April 10,
6:30 p.m., at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va. The
event is the first of its kind to debut a NASA CONNECT
Media Opportunity: Members of the media are invited to attend
the premier event and should contact Chris Giersch at (757)
864-6590 for details and directions.
Filmed on-location in Norway, Dancing in the Night Sky
features the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights and explores the
many legends and myths that have existed throughout history.
Students will discover how NASA scientists and engineers use
satellite technology to measure and analyze aurora data.
Through the program, students will see how Norwegian scientists
apply the concepts of data analysis and measurement to study the
Northern Lights by using ground-based instruments and sounding
rockets. By conducting hands-on and web activities, students will
make connections between NASA research and the mathematics,
science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.
At the premier, original Northern Light's artwork created by
Virginia Beach middle school students will be featured during a
performance titled, "MAGIC The State of the Arts."
MAGIC integrates educational activities to help students learn
about math, science, and technology through music and art. Original
music including Dancing in the Night Sky, will be
"NASA CONNECT is dedicated to the enhancement and
enrichment of math, science, and technology education in our
schools," said Chris Giersch, the show's coordinating producer.
"Working with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Magic
State of the Arts to increase the awareness of the
importance of education is a win-win situation for students,
teachers, and parents."
Distinguished guests at the event will include Delma C. Freeman,
Center Director at NASA Langley, representatives from Virginia
Beach City Public Schools, Christopher Newport University, and
other community leaders.
Students from Brandon and Landstown middle schools, Landstown
High School, and the Andoy Videregaende Skole, in Andenes, Norway
who are featured in the program will also attend.
NASA CONNECT, an Emmy Award winning research, inquiry, and
standards-based program, focuses on math, science, and technology
for students in grades 6 - 8. More than 170,000 educators,
representing over 7 million students in 50 states, are registered
with NASA CONNECT.
For more information about NASA CONNECT and other distance
learning programs, visit