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SBS Connects with NASA through Video Conference

Students participate in video conference with NASA.

Students participate in a video conference with NASA.

Stoneleigh-Burnham students had the chance to connect with Dr. Lenore Rasmussen, Polymer Chemist, Founder, and Chief Technology Officer of Ras Labs, in a video conference hosted by Rachel Power of NASA’s Digital Learning Network (DLN) at the Kennedy Space Center.

Dr. Rasmussen and her colleagues work on a product she created called synthetic muscle that is made out of polymers that may one day be used to make prosthetics or a variety of items that are useful both on Earth and in space.

While Stoneleigh-Burnham was the only school to participate on camera in the conference, it was also streamed live on Nasa’s DLN channel, where anyone was able to live tweet or e-mail Dr. Rasmussen. At SBS, there were 25 eighth grade students, 13 upper school students, and six teaching faculty in attendance for this exciting event. Stoneleigh-Burnham’s participation was organized by science teacher Andrea Tehan Carnes.

Teacher Andrea Tehan Carnes talks with Dr. Lenore Rasmussen and Rachel Power during NASA video conference.

Teacher Andrea Tehan Carnes talks with Dr. Lenore Rasmussen and Rachel Power during NASA video conference.

Dr. Rasmussen’s closing words were, “Keep the promises you make yourself.”

A photo gallery of the event can be seen by clicking here.

You can watch the entire webcast here.

Read a blog post by Andrea Tehan Carnes by clicking here.