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Pinellas students will chat with International Space Station astronauts

Pinellas students are scheduled to chat with astronauts Thursday during a NASA-approved downlink with the International Space Station.

Fifteen students will quiz astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker on science and space-related issues during a 20-minute live downlink at 11:30 a.m. at the Science Center of Pinellas County in St. Petersburg.

Students selected to participate in the downlink — from Azalea and McMullen-Booth elementary schools; Azalea, Thurgood Marshall and Madeira Beach Fundamental middle schools; and East Lake and Seminole high schools — prepared for the event by completing NASA lesson plans in robotics and marine science.

Approximately 300 students are expected to watch the high-tech event, which aims to enhance STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, education.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Science Center's auditorium, 7701 22nd Ave. N. It also will be streamed live to other locations within the center and on the Internet.

For information, call the Science Center at (727) 384-0027.

Source: Pinellas County schools, Pinellas County Science Center

m DOUGLAS H. WHEELOCK, commander

Expedition 25

Education: Bachelor of science in applied science and engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1983; master of science in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, 1992.

TRACY CALDWELL DYSON, flight engineer

Expedition 24

Education: Bachelor of science in chemistry, California State University at Fullerton, 1993; Ph.D. in chemistry, University of California at Davis, 1997.

SHANNON WALKER,

flight engineer

Expedition 25

Education: Bachelor of arts degree in physics, Rice University in Houston, 1987; master of science and a Ph.D. in space physics from Rice University in 1992 and 1993.

Source: NASA.gov

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