Though frustrating at times, minor audio issues and a temporarily shaky internet connection weren't enough to shut down an interactive Skype event held this morning between a handful of Brookstone High School students and several teens from two Iraqi high schools in Babil Province.
Organized by the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division now stationed in Iraq, the Global Cultural Exchange Skype Event was the second such attempt to connect American teens with Iraqi teens through video teleconferencing technology.
Nine students from Brookstone's Technology Integration class were allowed about one hour of "face time" with four Iraqi girls from Al Hillah High School for Girls and five Iraqi boys from Al Waeli High School for Boys. During the session, the students discussed musical and extracurricular interests and swapped stories of how a typical teen in each country prepares for college.
"It's been really cool because I've used Skype before and I've done things like this before, but it seemed to me that the Iraqi children are so different," said Brookstone sophomore Caitlyn Molnar. "So its really cool to see that they're really not that different."
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