Students from Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston, W.V., had the honor of hosting West Virginia’s U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV on Feb. 24, 2011. During the senator’s visit, the fourth- and fifth-grade students participated in a 15-minute interactive video conferencing program about the International Space Station.
During the conference, the students also had a surprise visit from former astronaut and NASA’s Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin, who gave a quick message from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center via Skype.
Rockefeller is sponsoring legislation supporting science and mathematics by providing scholarships to potential teachers who focus on these disciplines with a commitment to teach in schools with a high number of students from families below the poverty line. This was a great way for the senator to see an exemplary school in action.
Piedmont Elementary has two enthusiastic teachers, Lindsay Lucas and Kimberly Landers, who are participating in the NES project.
Link to the NES Virtual Campus home page.