Mayfield Junior School: “Science All Around Us!”

When one lives in Southern California, they don’t have to look far to find amazing places devoted to science, scientific discovery and education. Cal Tech, JPL and the Griffith Observatory are all close by and perhaps a little too easy to take for granted. MJS science teachers and middle school students recently made it a goal to change that and set out to explore (and appreciate) the amazing science happening around us.

In groups, with their families and individually, they have examined the night sky, marveled at Saturn’s rings and learned the phases of the moon at the Griffith Observatory Sky Party and wandered wide-eyed through NASA JPL’s Open House, with its interactive exhibits and Mars Rover demonstrations. A few students were so inspired by the challenge they even set their alarm clocks to view the first of four lunar eclipses in the wee hours of the morning! Extra credit and a cool experience!

Mayfield Junior School, 405 South Euclid Ave., Pasadena, (626) 796-2774 or visit



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