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Program Takes Kingsland Students Deep Underground

Updated: 02/26/2014 11:03 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 8:48 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 News) -- Kingsland High School is piloting a new program that gives students real time interaction with scientists on the job.

For Kingsland High Schoolers, an advanced Telecommunication System is making class a little more interesting Wednesday.  

"I'm Mark, i'm a physicist here at the lab."

Think of the interaction like Skype with High Definition video and no delays.  The students are interacting with professionals on the job, but not just in any old laboratory.

"I was like wow, he's actually underground," says James Hayes-Hall, a junior at Kingsland.

In fact, the researchers are a mile under ground the Black Hills in South Dakota and the Sanford Research Facility is giving Kingsland students the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom.

"We use to have to load them up in a yellow school bus and drive and maybe we got there once if we were lucky or twice," says Superintendent John McDonald.

Now there's no need to.   A school field trip can come to their classroom.

"We can do this on a regular basis, its very efficient, and very real," says McDonald.

"If I would of just read this in a book, then I would have just been like who cares, but interacting with people who are actually working there then it gives you a better picture," says Hayes-Hall.

The program works with curriculum surrounding STEM, science, math, technology and engineering classes, giving kids a taste of real world.

"Students don't think there's jobs, don't think it's something relevant to their lives so that's why it's important for me to bring it into classrooms of all levels," says Peggy Norris with Sanford Research Facility.