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Video transports students to Antarctica
Children learn about life of penguins from scientist
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Kindergartners at Mount Vernon Exploratory School on Thursday watch Antarctic penguins live via Skype. Some children are reflected in a glass door on the TV stand. - photo by NAT GURLEY
When the blurry image on the screen sharpened to reveal a mother penguin sitting on her nest, the kindergartners couldn’t contain their excitement. Though the penguin and children were separated by more than 8,800 miles, the bird met their shrieks with a squawk of alarm. Nearly 100 kindergarten students at Mount Vernon Exploratory School were able to “visit” a penguin rookery on Ross Island, a small active volcanic island off the Antarctic coast through Skype, a video-call service.