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Explosive New Videoconference from RoundTrips!

logoJoin RoundTrips live on Friday, October 9 from Rolla, and Macon Missouri. Be part of the action as explosives expert Dr. Paul Worsey (Professor of Mining Engineering, Missouri S&T) and engineers Dennis Brucks and Brian Haeffner from Missouri Department of Transportation walk us through the process of bringing down the Glasgow Bridge.

imagesAs part of its continual work to maintain and upgrade Missouri’s roads and bridges the Missouri Department of Transportation determined the need to replace the bridge crossing the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri. That new bridge is now set to open on October 16, but before that new bridge could be built, the old bridge needed to be removed to make way for construction of a new span connecting route 240 across the Missouri River. In this program your students will interact with the engineers who will give us technical aspects of the destruction and rebuilding of the bridge. Ask your questions about what it takes to safely destroy one bridge so you can begin to build another. You’ll see video excerpts of the bridge coming down, and explosives demonstrations by Dr. Worsey.

This program is the ninth of an ongoing series of ten programs that began during the 2008-2009 school year. It is 10/9/2009 at 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Register by October 2.

During this series of programs entitled Project MO-Bridge: Connecting Students to Their Future, your students will be able to learn what it takes to build a new bridge—from dream to design to construction to operation. Students will interact with experts in a wide variety of fields and learn how specific aspects of their science, social studies, and mathematics curriculum come to life in the construction of a new bridge. Archived versions of previous programs can be found at http://mobridge.more.net.

Staging Shakespeare Videoconference from RoundTrips

st. louis-shakespeare-festival-logoAs part of its ongoing collaboration with HEC-TV Live!, RoundTrips is very pleased to announce two free videoconference programs next week on Thursday, May 14 with the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. Each year the Shakespeare Festival provides a wonderful,  free, public theater experience under the stars in the beautiful urban oasis of Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. This year, they are producing The Merry Wives of Windsor and these two videoconferences will take you live to their outdoor performance space to see how the production comes together. As you’ll note in the descriptions, the morning program will focus on production elements while the afternoon program examines acting.

Program 1: Staging Shakespeare Outdoors: The Production Elements
Date: May 14, 2009 | Time: 10:00 a.m. CDT | Grade Level: Grades 7-12
Live from the outdoor performance space of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, program participants will interact with the director, designers and technical production staff for the Festival’s upcoming
outdoor production of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Audience members will tour the set and go both backstage and onstage as they find out what it’s like to design and stage a production outdoors. How do you handle lighting for the show? What about costumes and props? What happens if it rains? Where does the audience sit? Find out how all the front of house, onstage, and backstage production elements come together to create an exciting and enriching experience for the audience .

Program 2: Staging Shakespeare Outdoors: The Actors’ Perspective
Date: May 14, 2009 | Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT | Grade Level: Grades 7-12
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Live from the outdoor performance space of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, interactive videoconference participants will talk with actors involved in the Festival’s upcoming outdoor production of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Audience members will tour the set and go both backstage and onstage as they find out what it’s like to perform a play under the stars. How does it change the characterization created by the actor? What about projection and gestures? Does it change how actors use costumes and props? What happens if it rains? What’s it like to interact with an audience in an outdoor setting? Find the answers to these questions plus more as you meet the actors working together to create an exciting & enriching experience for the audience.

Free “The Great Collaboration” Videoconference

MOREnet, MODOT and RoundTrips Present: Bridge Construction: The Great Collaboration

Date: Friday, May 1, 2009 | Times: 9 to 9:50 a.m. CDT and/or 10 to 10:50 a.m. CDT | Grade Levels: 5-10  | Cost: No Fee

Glasglow Bridge from MODOTProgram Description: How are all the elements of a mammoth construction process like a bridge over the Missouri River brought together? It takes the hard work of a great collaboration of people from diverse careers. Explore the careers of those who work in the bridge construction industry as you interact with the people constructing a new bridge over the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri. Find out during this interactive videoconference what it’s like to design a bridge, work with computer software, weld steel girders together, pour concrete, build new bridge piers, operate a crane, or run theGlasgow Bridge from MODOT barge that keeps vehicle traffic flowing while the bridge is closed for construction. See construction as it happens; view pictures and video of construction done earlier this year. And ask your questions of the people who work daily designing and building bridges. Join RoundTrips live from the construction site of the new bridge going over the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri for RoundTrip‘s eighth distance learning program in their continuing series of programs produced with the Missouri Department of Transportation. To sign up for this interactive videconference, contact RoundTrips at roundtrips@clayton.k12.mo.us.

Another Free VC Opportunity!

RoundTrips is happy to invite your students to join them, the Missouri Department of  MODOT Bridge Construction Photos Transportation, and MOREnet for “Bridge Construction 2:  Surface Structure” on April 17 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. This free program, the seventh in their ten part series of videoconferences highlighting MODOT’s construction of a new bridge over the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri, will focus on the work involved with creating the surface structure of the new bridge. More information about the entire series of bridge programs can be found at http://mobridge.more.net.

If you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with RoundTrips.  If you’d like to enroll for the program, please contact them via phone or e-mail.

Bridge Construction 2:  Surface Structure
Date:  April 17, 2009 | Grade Levels: 5-12
Times: 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 10 to 10:50 a.m. Central Time
Cost:  No Fee

The bridge has been designed, public hearings have been held, and funding has been arranged.  Construction is well underway with superstructure built for the bridge’s approach ramps and additional superstructure being built over the river itself.  Now it is time to begin creating the surface structure. Join us live from the construction site of the new bridge going over the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri.

What are the steps in creating the surface structure?  What materials are used?  How is the structure welded together?   How is the surface structure for the bridge connected to the bridge support system?  What elements are pre-fabricated and what is created on site?  How does the installation occur?  What are the careers involved in building a bridge?  For the answers to these and other questions, join RoundTrips for our sixth program in our continuing series of programs produced with the Missouri Department of Transportation as they build a new bridge over the Missouri River at Glasgow, Missouri.  Interact with construction personnel as they share how they are bringing the design plans to life.

RoundTrips & MOREnet Present Internet Safety VC 2009

mouse and keyboardThere is no doubt we now live in an “Internet Age.”  At the click of a mouse, you can e-mail hundreds of people simultaneously, buy that long-desired vintage automobile, or create a personal profile to share with the world.  With unlimited opportunities, cyberspace may well have become the new “final frontier.”  How best can we explore this frontier?  How can we minimize risk and maximize safety?  How can we help students be secure in their Internet activities?  These are important questions, and we invite you and your students to participate in this important discussion over videoconference with RoundTrips.  Students will interact with a variety of experts in the field including Joe Laramie, Director of Missouri’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and they will also have the chance to share with each other as well.

Topics in this free distance learning opportunity include online predators, cyber-bullying, identity theft and other Internet-related issues.  “This is such an important issue – it is absolutely critical for kids, parents and community members to be on the same page with regard to online safety,” said Randy Raw, Manager of Network Security at MOREnet. “The Internet is a fantastic learning tool, but like any tool, people need to understand what the risks are and how to use it safely.”

This topic is popular, and interactive videoconference space is limited so contact RoundTrips early to enroll your students!

Date:    Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Times:  11 to 11:50 a.m. CDT, 12 to 12:50 CDT, 1 to 1:50 p.m. CDT
Grade Level:  6-12
Cost:  NO CHARGE