Spaceport America launches free virtual field trips for NM classrooms

Spaceport America on Tuesday announced a nationwide partnership with FieldTripZoom, a web-based provider of live and interactive virtual field trips. The partnership will allow students across the United States to experience the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Spaceport America’s deal will allow teachers across the state to provide a range of STEM and other educational content free to every K-12 classroom across the state.

The subscription-based site provides more than 165 virtual field trips — including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Alaska SeaLife Center and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. For the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, classrooms across New Mexico can access any of the virtual field trips for free.

The Spaceport America field trips will continue to be offered free to all New Mexico schools for the foreseeable future, according to Tammara Anderton, the spaceport’s director of marketing.

“We wanted to make Spaceport America accessible to all kids in New Mexico, because their parents paid for it,” Anderton told the Sun-News. “And we’ve already seen that, for many of the state’s more remote schools that are cash-strapped, it’s nearly impossible for them to take a field trip to see the spaceport.”

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