It opened with simple hellos before the conversation turned to favorite foods and hobbies.
Peering into webcams, the strangers made small talk across oceans through the power of Skype. This was only Day One, though; the real conversation would come 48 hours later.
And when that began – at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, inside an eighth-grade science classroom at Downers Grove’s O’Neill Middle School – hour-long scientific argumentation between U.S. students and their Taiwanese counterparts proved lively and educational.
For the next hour, they argued this question: If funding were limited, which form of alternative energy would you select as the best to promote and advance?