ACS contributes connectivity for Challenger Center

Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Keeping the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska connected and making E-missions possible in remote locations is expensive. An expense that Alaska Communications Systems is happy to be able to contribute, "We're very proud to able to support the Challenger Center for another year.

This specific amount basically represents the connectivity to the Center that they need for their E-missions and also the DSL service for their dorms and demonstration center," said Chuck Stauffer, ACS General Manager SW District, speaking on behalf of ACS at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Job Shadow Day luncheon.

The connectivity is what allows students in remote locations in Alaska the opportunity to participate in the interactive earth science learning programs at the Center. "The E-mission allows us to reach so many more schools in Alaska, we reach schools that aren't on the road system or can't afford to travel here to experience a simulated mission over the Internet with this capability. It opens up the entire State to us now and who knows the world in the future," said Tamra Wear, Lead Flight Director for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

"This is one of the areas where I'm very proud to a member of the ACS team, this is to me one of the highest priority things that we should support. It's the future not only of the Kenai but the State and the World and I don't think there is any better place for us to commit funds toward. This is leading edge technology here at the Center and we a excited to be a part of it," added Stauffer.

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