VCC 'Out of this world' learning for DHH students

'Out of this world' learning for DHH students

Learning at Vancouver Community College can be out of this world.

On Wednesday, April 3 about a dozen Deaf and Hard of Hearing students got the opportunity to participate in a live video chat with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette.

Video chat from VCC’s Broadway campus.
Students chat live by video with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette

Payette spoke with the students from her office in Washington, D.C. where she does scientific research.

Through interpreters, students asked questions like: Will we ever land on Mars? Why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore? What does it feel like to be in space?

The once-in-a-lifetime learning experience was organized by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Department and supported by VCC’s IT team.

Payette said she was especially impressed that many international students in the class have not only mastered sign language but have learned to sign in a whole new language.

When the 75-minute video chat came to a close Payette offered words of encouragement: "There’s no reason you can’t do anything you want to do.”

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