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During the week of July 23, 2001, a workshop called Japan 2001 Science, Creativity and the Young Mind took place at Bristol University in Bristol, England. Coordinated by the Clifton Scientific Trust, it brought together 60 British and Japanese students and provided them with a forum for learning and interacting. One of the aims of the Workshop was to give the combined group a new view of themselves as potential scientists and an ambition to succeed at the highest level.

NASA's involvement with the Workshop began following a successful pilot project with The Holy Cross School, Surrey, UK, in the summer of 2000. Ruth Petersen, Glenn Research Center (GRC) Learning Technologies Project Educational Coordinator, was contacted by Lawrence Williams, Director of Studies at The Holy Cross School, about a possible collaboration with the Director of the Clifton Scientific Trust, Dr. Eric Albone, who shares Petersen's commitment to real world science education. Realizing the true potential of international collaboration using ICT tools, Petersen contacted her colleague, Joe Kolecki.

During the Workshop Kolecki participated with six of the students and their team leaders as a Space Science Team. Working within the framework of a new ICT Learning Model devised in collaboration with Williams, four interactive videoconferencing sessions were held between GRC and Bristol University on four consecutive days. During the sessions, students raised questions concerning various theories about the probable formation of volcanoes on Mars. Of specific interest was if the great Tharsis volcanoes might be the result of an ancient collision of planetary proportions, or if plate tectonic movement, evidence for which was recently discovered by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor Spacecraft, might account for them.

The shared vision and enthusiasm of the team brought the Space Science project to its successful conclusion.

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