Famed ocean explorer Robert Ballard says he's just a few months from the culmination of a 28-year dream--and he'll be taking students along with him virtually as he achieves it.

Best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, Ballard is the founder of the JASON Project, which connects students with explorers during live sea expeditions in an attempt to spark their interest in science.

"If you think we're pretty hot now, get ready," he said.

Speaking at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin Feb. 6, Ballard told several thousand educators that recent advances in "telepresence" technology will


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