Former astronaut hopeful for new science curriculum in Louisiana schools

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POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 2:43pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 12:17pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) -- One of the first American women to enter outer space is trying to make learning 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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