This is a vintage Internet video. In 1993, the new-fangled Internet was starting to attract regular people, not just the geeks. In the United States, under the High Performance Computers and Communications Act (1991 - bit.ly/adRkGK), fast computers and networks were being developed. Buried in the law was a mandate for the federal agencies to involve K-12 schools. NASA Ames Civil Servant Jim Hart and contractor Marc Siegel jumped at this opportunity. Other amazing people joined their effort, which eventually grew to a multi-center, multi-million dollar project that provided special curriculum to schools.
The NASA Ames effort evolved over time. Early on, free connectivity was provided to ~1,000 (rural/long-distance) teachers, allowing them time to develop a local constituency. A few schools were connected via (then) high speed 56K circuits. The Monta Vista HS (Cupertino, CA) program was visited by Vice President Al Gore to acknowledge their forward thinking vision - bit.ly/buCmnF. Quickly, the NASA Ames program focused on NASA Quest (quest.arc.nasa.gov), a web site to interactively connect students with exciting excited NASA people. NASA Quest provided thousands of web pages and interactivity via email Q&A, text chats, live web casts, and special projects that sometimes included live PBS television.
This video was a made to introduce K-12 teachers to the Internet. It is hard to believe now, but back then, the public was largely unaware. "Internet in the Classroom" shared various vignettes of classroom uses for the Internet. Accomplished TV personality Richard Hart donated his time to provide professional hosting. Movie maker George Lucas appeared to share his ideas. Riding the meteoric rise of the Internet, this video became NASA's most popular K-12 VHS tape.
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