Elliott Ranch ES Connects with International Space Station
U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station joined Elliott Ranch Elementary School in the Elk Grove Unified School District August 27, 2014, for a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) downlink. Elliott Ranch Elementary is one of two elementary schools in the nation to be selected for the NASA downlink so far this year. Twelve students posed questions to the astronauts while the entire school watched them demonstrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts in ways that are impossible on Earth.
The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) covers NASA programming daily and was able to access and share this downlink live on Cable 16 giving the community the opportunity to watch as the students and astronauts interacted.
This event is just one of several components that the school implemented to increase the focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and inspire young people toward future careers.
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