On May 7, 2000 the 5th grade
students in Mr. Malcolm Dow's class at Armadale Primary School in Melbourne,
Australia drove the DC Mars Red Rover robot that is in a Marscape in Mrs.
Simon's 5th grade class at Davis Creek Elementary near Barboursville, West
Virginia. The Davis Creek 5th grade students had come into school
on Sunday evening at 5:00PM to connect with the Australian students, who
were starting their school day on Monday morning, May 8 at 8:00AM.
The students had been emailing each other for several weeks before this
activity. The Australian students were able to see the West Virginia
students, the accompanying parents, Mrs. Simon, the teacher, Mrs. Hamilton,
LEGO volunteer, and out into the classroom through the plexiglass bottom.
After the initial excitement the Australian students were content to drive
around the Marscape and examine the LEGO mining machines as well as space
vehicles. Everyone agreed that it was an exciting adventure!