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Pacifica students chat with NASA scientists

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© Anthony Plascencia/VC Star
Rita Nobile, 15, of Pacifica High School, speaks to the members of NASA's Digital Learning Network as part of a webcast Thursday. © Anthony Plascencia/VC Star


Science students at Pacifica High School in Oxnard chatted Thursday with NASA scientists and representatives of the International Space Station via the Internet. 

Pacifica, one of three schools nationwide selected to participate in NASA’s Digital Learning Network webcast, was chosen because students participated in the American Chemical Society’s International Year of Chemistry Global Water Experiment. The chemistry society program enlists students around the world to test local water sources and post their findings to an Internet data map.

When the school year began Aug. 30, science students at Pacifica had to work fast to finish their water filtration experiment in time for the webcast.

Pacifica chemistry teacher Diane Winter-Walorinta said she had applied to participate in the experiment in June. As the school year was ending, she learned the school had been selected, and in July she started coordinating plans with Erik Ward, Oxnard Unified High School District technology teacher.

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