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EXP 12 TALKS TO STUDENTS AT THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

High Schoolers Have Long-Distance Chat With Station Crew

    11.15.05

ISS crew talks to high school It wasn't your average school day at 
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, 
Virginia. On Tuesday, November 15, students got a rare chance to chat 
face to face with Expedition 12 crewmates Bill McArthur (right, waving) 
and Valery Tokarev (left) on the International Space Station.

TO VIEW PHOTO GO 
www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition12/iss_tjhs_downlink.html
FOR VIDEO GO TO NASA TV


NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale and U.S. Secretary of Education 
Margaret Spellings were on hand for the live downlink, which came as 
part of International Education Week, a program developed by the U.S. 
Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to emphasize 
the global aspect of education.

Students peppered the crew with a range of questions on topics such as 
future energy sources, microgravity experiments, training, education, 
and diet. Some questions were even asked in Russian, including one on 
McArthur and Tokarev's different cultural backgrounds.

Thomas Jefferson High School is no stranger to cutting-edge education. 
The school boasts 12 different science labs emphasizing robotics, 
computer-assisted design, oceanography and more. Several faculty members 
have experience with other space education programs, including NASA's 
Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers.

"We're so excited to be part of this downlink," said Vice Principal 
Douglas Tyson before the event. "This is where you see math, science and 
technology in action.Space has always been a major-league turn-on at our 
school, and this is just one more outstanding example."
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