Out of This World Distance Learning

By: Leah Hansen Email
By: Leah Hansen Email

“Charleston we have contact."
It was an out of this world experience for some students at the Clay Center as they interacted with an astronaut, in orbit, at the International space station.

NASA’s Astronaut Clay Anderson could hear the students from Piedmont Elementary loud and clear as they made a long distance connection.

The students are learning about space one question at a time. An interaction reserved for only a few select schools NASA names explorer schools.

“They provide us with these resources in an effort to instill the love of science to kids at a very early age.” Principal Steve Knighton is glad his school, Piedmont Elementary, was selected for this highly competitive program.

Thursday’s interaction was a unique event; however, this educational journey into the world of space will continue into the school year.

“If we are studying anything that has to do with space exploration they will have a NASA scientist in a live video down link talking and instructing our kids,” Principal Steve Knighton says. “It's pretty cool.”

Call it one small step for NASA and one giant leap for the future generation.

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