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Wonders of Wildlife Hosts New Distance-Learning Technology

Wonders of Wildlife will host an international launching of a streaming video live lecture Friday March 3rd. KSMU's Christy Hendricks tells how.

Wonders of Wildlife, the National Fish and Wildlife Museum and Zooquarium in Springfield, will take part in an international launching of a new Internet-based video network Friday March 3rd.

This distance-learning portal collaborates with the Missouri School Boards Association's or MSBA's new "Education Solutions Global Network".

Gary Ellison is the public relations coordinator for Wonders of Wildlife and says the system uses cameras, the Internet, and instant text messaging so the lecture can be viewed and questions answered in real time.

Wonders of Wildlife will host the streaming video program Friday afternoon at 1:00 for fifth graders from Weaver and Portland elementary schools and broadcast it live across the country.

Jonathon Trent, a NASA Astrobiologist, will present a lecture on extremophiles which are animals that live in extreme conditions.

Trent has also traveled to the bottom of the ocean in a deep-sea submersible.

Gary Ellison says schools from as far as Mexico and New York will get to listen in on the lecture with the video networking.

He says this is the first distance-learning presentation for the MSBA and Wonders of Wildlife.

Jonathan Trent will also speak at the opening reception for the extremophiles exhibit at Wonders of Wildlife Friday at 5:30.

Reservations are required for the reception and tickets range from five to ten dollars.

Trent will be available to visit with the public on Saturday.

The "Extremophlies: Living in Extremes" exhibit will be at Wonders of Wildlife until Memorial Day.

For more information call 417-890-9453 or visit www.wondersofwildlife.org.