29 November, 2001
Today, in New Zealand, we are met in the hotel
lobby by Alison Whittaker of the NSF (National Science Foundation) who will take Nancy, Matt,
and me to Hagley Community College. It is an "alternative" high school for not only New Zealand students, but for students from foreign countries
who pay high tuitions to attend.
The school science building is beautiful! It is done in grays, white, and black, and it is fully equipped with sinks, science equipment, storage, and
the latest in high tech computer hardware.
The students are 14-year-olds and appear to be very quiet, although very fashionable in appearance . . . dreadlocks, lip piercings, and the latest in
clothing styles. Our host teacher is Richard Barry from the UK. This is his fourth year teaching, and he has a great rapport with his students.
I begin with an introduction to TEA and how I became involved. Nancy follows with an overview of the ANSMET project, and Matt ends with a
great computer video show of meteorites, the Leonids, and a demo of the science involved in examinging the samples.
The day went very well. The students signed our Toyon poster and posed for a group picture. Richard was presented with an official "Toyon Tiger"
t-shirt. He put it on right away!
We spend the afternoon at the CDC (Clothing Distribution Center) trying on *all* of our ECW (extreme cold weather) gear. It's hot, but fun!
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