On the 2ndof February, 2011, a delegation of representatives from the University of South Carolina visited Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram.
Dr. Mark Robison, Associate Professor of Clinical Education at the University of South California and Director of APRISE (Asia Pacific Rim International Study and Experience) spoke to the students at length about getting into good American colleges. He emphasized the importance of the SAT I and SAT II scores, as well as school grades. However, he emphasised more on the uniqueness and creativity of the applicant rather than grades. He went on to apprise the students of the multitude of opportunities available for them at the University of South California. An interactive session followed where the queries of the students were addressed. Dr. Michael Diamond, Professor of Business and Education at the University of South California Rossier School of Education, and Executive Director of APRISE, was also present.
Mr. Chris Barber, Director at the International Space School Educational Trust caught everyone in the audience by surprise by announcing that there would be a video conferencing with a real astronaut – the first of its kind in India! Mr. Tony Antonelli, the astronaut has spent two weeks at the International Space Station – an observatory situated in low Earth orbit. A graduate in Aeronautical Engineering, he was part of the US Navy for several years before joining NASA. He answered various questions put up by the students with enthusiasm. His account of life in space both fascinated and awed the audience. After a brief session with the astronaut, the audience was shown a video capturing life in space. The video showed the launching of the rocket that took Mr Antonelli into space from the Kennedy Space Centre and encapsulated many precious moments of the astronauts in low gravity. The students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and were left with stars in their eyes.