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New science program for Louisiana schools proposed by former astronaut

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 2:51pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) -- A former astronaut is spearheading the concept of making science fun and interactive for Louisiana students.

Dr. Kathryn Thornton, an associate dean at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science, has helped develop the interactive science curriculum. It's a science course using textbooks that are updated every year - and computer applications that are updated every few weeks.

Thornton says it gives kids a more updated look at the world and makes it more exciting to learn.

“Children are born scientists. From the moment of birth, they are exploring their world. They're using all five senses to learn about what's around them, and we need to be able to keep that intellectual curiosity alive,” states Thornton.

The program is designed for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Thornton hopes it hits schools next year.

 

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