SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The C-SPAN interactive media bus stopped by the Springfield Discovery Center Thursday to offer public tours to students and the community.
“The best part about coming on the bus is seeing the students eyes get real big as they see the tablets and the 360 videos while taking selfies,“ said C-SPAN representative Joel Bacon.
The non-profit news channel has driven the bus to visit all 50 states– even shipping the coach across the ocean to Hawaii and Alaska. The mission is to educate students about what sets C-SPAN apart– the network has no commercials and no commentary.
“They let you decide what you want to vote for and anything like that,“ said fifth grade student Cy Griffith.
The bus has been traveling across the nation for 25 years, now providing tourists free swag and encouraging them to use interactive media such as tablets, a 360 video and taking tests and quizzes about the US government.
After public tours ended, C-SPAN crews made their way to Glendale High School to honor two students who took home an honorable mention for a documentary they entered into the network’s StudentCam contest.