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Local Fourth Graders Rescue Lost Spacecraft at Duquesne

Twenty-seven students from Carmalt Academy of Scienceand Technology (a Pittsburgh Public School) will use their math and science skills to help "rescue" a lost spacecraft as part of a cutting-edge program developed by Duquesne's School of Education's Instructional Technology (IT) program and the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University.

The students' mission—which uses high-tech tools such as computer simulations and videoconferencing—takes them to the year 2080 and puts them in touch with a simulated Mission Control, where they interact with representatives who give them specific details about the shuttle and those aboard it. Students form teams and use group strategies to find solutions to rescue the craft.

When: Wednesday, February 23, 2005, 10 a.m.

Where: Room 328 Fisher Hall, Duquesne University

Editor's Note: The rescue mission exercise takes place in a very visual environment—a former computer lab that has been transformed into a NASA-like rescue center complete with banks of laptop computers, tracking charts, a wall-sized world map and a video conferencing setup that links the students with "Mission Control" in Wheeling, W.Va. Students will interact with each other, as they will be assigned to teams, as well as Mission Control representatives.

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