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Kottcamp pays visit to local schools, presents microscopes, dictionaries

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By Angye Morrison

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottcamp paid a visit to Chattahoochee Elementary School last Wednesday, and found himself a little caught off-guard.

Kottcamp was on hand to present two microscopes to the school, along with dictionaries. After handing out the dictionaries, he sat down next to two little girls, and asked them what word they’d like to look up.

“Specious,” was the reply. Kottcamp was visibly surprised, but encouraged the young ladies to look up the word and read him the meaning.

Kottcamp, who is the chairman of Space Florida, presented the digital microscopes to both Chattahoochee and Gretna elementary schools, along with the dictionaries. The scopes can be used with PCs or Mac computers, and can not only view small objects, but can also capture pictures, take videos and send images via e-mail. The scopes can also build an observation library with the photos and videos recorded, as well as take measurements.

A plaque was placed on the larger of the microscopes which read, “The Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottcamp Microscope.”

At CES, the scopes will be used in the school’s science lab, and will be available to all students.

“We’re in a country where it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your background is, you can do anything,” Kottcamp said. “One of you could be the next astronaut; I believe it with all my heart.”

Kottcamp told the students that he was the first in his family to receive a college education, and expressed the importance of making sure they worked toward achieving academic excellence and completing their education.

“If you get an education, you can do anything. Education opens doors,” he said.

CES Principal Abbye Dixon thanked Kottcamp for coming and expressed her gratitude for the microscopes, which were all donated by the Gammons Foundation Tomorrow’s Astronaut program.

“I hope these microscopes will light a spark inside you and you’ll want to learn,” Kottcamp said. “If you do, the future is yours for the taking.”

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