Sunday, May 15, 2011

Special Education Students Get to Meet Canada’s Astronauts

St. Pius X students pose with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques.

On Friday, May 13, 2011 two students in St. Pius X  High School’s High Needs Program, had the opportunity to accompany their science teacher, #EurekaTeacher, to the newly renovated Canadian Aviation and Space Museum where #EurekaTeacher was participating in a live tweet-up with five of our astronauts.

After some carefully placed phone calls to the Canadian Space Agency and with the blessings of her principal,  #EurekaTeacher was able to make arrangements for the two students to attend the event with her. Canadian astronauts Steve MacLean, Bob Thirsk, Chris Hadfield, Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques spent an hour on the stage participating in a Q & A session withschool students from Ottawa. Their questions ranged from how you shower in space to what happens if a meteorite hits the space shuttle.

After the Q & A session the two St. Pius X students spoke privately with David Saint-Jacques who graciously answered their questions on a one-to-one basis, signed souvenirs for them and posed for photographs with them. This is one Friday the 13th that brought Good Luck to our students. Thanks to David Saint-Jacques and the Canadian Space Agency for making two students dreams come true!

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