WiFi-Equipped School Bus Makes Rides Educational

As students ride a Sheridan, AR school bus over rural Arkansas roads for upward of 90 minutes a day, they’re spending that time working on math equations and taking advanced biology courses.

Unlike others in the Sheridan School District’s fleet, bus No. 46′s magic comes from a small cellular router and a rooftop antenna that provide WiFi Internet access for laptops and Apple iPods.

The school bus — a mobile virtual classroom — is a key component of the new “Aspirnaut Initiative,” a pilot project launched in April by Grapevine native and Vanderbilt University professor Billy Hudson in cooperation with his family, the university, the Sheridan district and the Grapevine Historical Society.

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(Associated Press 12.27.07)

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