SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senior civic students at South Charleston High School in Kanawha County are learning more about the U.S. government through C-SPAN.

The C-SPAN Bus visited South Charleston Monday as part of its “50 Capitals Tour.”

The bus tour is meant to engage with teachers, students, elected officials and viewers to showcase C-SPAN’s multi-platform public service resources.

“You can go to a C-SPAN archive. you can pull up clips from the House of Reps and the Senate representatives discussing certain parts of the constitution or debating a current bill. They get to watch government in action,” said Serena Parsons, honors civic teacher at SCHS.

The bus is equipped with touch screen tablets and video screens that allow viewers to test their knowledge.

“Some of the kids getting off the bus were excited. They got a 10 out of 10 on the quiz,” Parsons said.

As a teacher, Parsons said it’s important to show students all different kinds of education platforms.

The bus was a hands-on learning experience, she said.

“I’ve learned that any opportunity to have students participate in government — not just sit passively and learn about it — is an opportunity well spent,” Parsons said.

The bus will stop at the West Virginia State Capitol Tuesday.

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