On its “Southern Swing,” traveling for eight weeks through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, the C-SPAN Bus on Thursday visited Mesa Middle Middle School, where students learned about civic engagement, government and the democratic process.

Partnering with Comcast, C-SPAN’s award-winning state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized spent two hours at Mesa Middle School Thursday morning, engaging with students, teachers, community members and elected officials. Last year, the bus visited Centennial High School.

Through interactive kiosks and demonstrations aboard the bus, students learned about C-SPAN’s in-depth coverage of the American political process and comprehensive online educational resources, including C-SPAN.org — an extensive video library containing close to 250,000 hours of searchable content for viewing, research and education purposes, dating back to 1987. In addition, bus visitors will be invited to share their thoughts on what it means to be an American for C-SPAN’s “Voices from the Road” project.

“Today’s visit provided our students with an engaging, hands-on opportunity to learn about how their government works,” said Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing. “We are grateful that C-SPAN and Comcast continue to think of our students when planning these valuable tours.”

Some features of the high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus include:

  • Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and a variety of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
  • A 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN’s unfiltered coverage of high-profile events and insightful, behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. landmarks
  • A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their Bus experiences through social media

In Las Cruces, C-SPAN programming is provided by Comcast as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 17; C-SPAN2 on channel 18 and C-SPAN3 on channel 105 and on the web at C-SPAN.org.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net