Kenai space education center wins learning grant

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- Students throughout Alaska won't have to leave their schools to embark on virtual space travel, thanks to a state grant to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

The Alaska Congressional delegation this week announced the grant award of $288,980 to fund the Kenai center's Virtual Voyage Program.

The new study unit will connect Bush students to the Kenai facility via the Internet. A ''flight director'' at the space science center will work with students on a real-time simulated mission using online streaming video, said Daniela Martian, the center's director.

The first steps, now that the grant has been approved, is for the staff to get the modules and training and to identify the hub communities, she said.

Martian declined to speculate about when the new distance-learning program will be online.

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