One small step for man, one HUMONGOUS opportunity for some Buffalo elementary students!

On Tuesday, March 1, 4th through 8th graders from Buffalo's PS 97 will make contact with astronauts currently on the International Space Station (ISS)! They'll be taking part in a  Q&A with US astronaut Tim Kopra!

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What an incredibly rare and valuable opportunity for these kids!  Schools and institutions from all over the world applied for the privilege, and PS 97 Harvey Austin School was chosen among a handful of other schools and is the first majority African-American school in the country to be selected!

The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) submitted on behalf of Harvey Austin Elementary School PS97 last year. Together with the NUA, the planetarium at SUNY Buffalo and Lancaster Amateur Radio Club, the kids will be in a 10 to 15 minute Q&A session with US astronaut Timothy Kopra!

The exact time will be 11:45am to 11:56am on March 1st, and will be live-streamed via YouTube, here!

Eric J. Cooper, president and founder of the NUA, spearheaded the efforts to make this possible, and says it's experiences like this that will support the New York standards-based curriculum, and will also promote career interest, and "hit on the natural creativity and curiosity that children innately hold".


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