February 23, 2023

Have you ever thought about launching into space? One West Contra Costa Unified science teacher has done more than think about it. He’s preparing to become an astronaut.

How does a budding astronaut engage his middle school students and involve them in his journey? And how does that help them get interested in science?


  • Olaoluwalotobi Thomas, Teacher, Vista Virtual Academy, West Contra Costa Unified
  • Ali Tadayon, Reporter, EdSource

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