5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, August 26

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, August 26.

(1) Education summit

Florida Governor Rick Scott is hosting an education summit in Clearwater on Monday.

The 3-day summit brings together political, business and education leaders to discuss how the state should best prepare students to succeed in college and their careers.

The summit is focusing on four major issues: state standards, student assessments, school grades and teacher evaluations.

Around three dozen people have been invited to participate in the summit, including school superintendents, Florida PTA representatives, and officials from the Florida Association of School Administrators and Florida School Boards Association.

The summit is taking place at the EpiCenter Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater.

(2) USF starts classes

The fall semester at the University of South Florida will begin on Monday.

More than 47,000 students are in the USF System in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and North Port.

Fall semester classes at USF run through December 6. Final exams begin on December 7.

(3) Bradenton fire truck donation

The Bradenton Fire Department will donate an old fire truck to the Bradenton School District on Monday.

Engine 21 was replaced with a new fire engine this year. The 1987 Pierce Dash will be used in Fire Academy classes at Manatee Technical Institute (MTI).

The donated truck will replace a 1976 pumper MTI was using until it went out of service last year.

The fire truck will be officially be handed over the school district during a ceremony at the School Support Center at 5:15 p.m.

(4) Atlas V rocket arrival

The Atlas V rocket that will send NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft on its mission to Mars will arrive at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday.

The rocket was manufactured by United Launch Alliance's factory in Decatur, Ala. It is being shipped on a unique barge built to safely transport large rocket stages.

Today two stages of the Atlas V rocket will be unloaded at Port Canaveral today.

The goal of MAVEN is to determine what caused Mars to loss the majority of its atmospheric gas to space and how the loss changed the Martian climate. MAVEN will determine how much of the planet's atmosphere has been loss by measuring the current rate of loss.

The MAVEN is scheduled to launch on November 18. For more information about the MAVEN mission, visit: www.nasa.gov/maven .

(5) Women's Equality Day

Monday is Women's Equality Day.

The U.S. Congress designed August 26 "Women's Equality Day" to commemorate the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. It also calls attention to women's continuing effort toward full equality.

For more information on Women's Equality Day, visit www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday.php .

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