Third-grade students at Lafayette Elementary School in Bristol Township recently spoke with Israeli engineers who are building a spacecraft.
The special live-streaming event for students in Angie Burgess’ class was made possible by education technology company Nearpod. The engineers were streaming from their offices in Tel-Aviv to 20 classrooms across the United States.
The students used iPads to watch the engineers, view an interactive presentation and answer questions from the SpaceIL team that is competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X prize.
The activity taught students about the efforts by private companies to create spacecraft. The engineers talked about the moon, how the design of the spacecraft was progressing and the work involved in creating it.
Nearpod representative Michelle Abbs worked in the classroom to lead Burgess’ class through the interactive event with the engineers.
Dan Curry, a representative from a firm that works with Nearpod, said the technology used to stream the engineers to the classrooms could be used down the road to provide specialized lessons to students or even take the place of a substitute teacher.
The lesson was part of the district’s efforts to include more science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum.