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Astronaut Clayton Anderson visited Verda James Elementary as part of NCSD Discover Program. Anderson shared with students his stories and experiences as a NASA astronaut. One of Anderson’s many career accomplishments include being a member of the Expedition 15 crew and spending 152 days on board the International Space Station.
By applying interactive learning as part of the NCSD Discover program students are able to experience education outside of the traditional classroom and interact with individuals such as Clayton Anderson. Anderson presented questions about space proximity to teachers and students by positioning students around the library.
For every experience shared or question Anderson asked of the students regarding space science, they responded with many more of their own.
Astronaut Clayton Anderson shared his personal commitment in his dream of becoming a NASA astronaut. Having applied to the NASA program once a year for 15 years, Anderson was accepted into the program in 1998. Verda James Elementary students practice the 8 Keys of Excellence in learning fundamental character principles. Commitment and Failure Leads to Success are two keys included in the program. Students were able to quickly relate the dedication and commitment Anderson had to his goal in their own experiences and education. When asked what they could learn from his time with NASA students excitedly declared that you have to “keep practicing!” and have “good effort!” if you want to succeed in your goals.