As part of its trip to every U.S. state capital, C-SPAN’s state-of-the-art 45-foot customized motor coach made a special visit to Chapin High and Dutch Fork High School on January 24-25.

To launch its newly built bus, C-SPAN embarked on a “50 Capitals Tour” in 2017, culminating in November 2018 for the 25th anniversary of the bus program. Since 1993, C-SPAN’s bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN’s cable and satellite providers for local interactions through visits to schools and community events.

“This is a great way to inform high school students about what we have to offer them,” said Doug Hemmig, C-SPAN’s Community Relations Representative. “Students are our future and we give them the opportunity to make an informed decision when it comes to voting, but we also want them to know about using us as a primary source when they are writing a paper. Plus, they get a chance to see this special bus which is really cool.”

Students and teachers from Chapin and Dutch Fork High had the chance to engage with the C-SPAN bus crew and the onboard interactive tools to learn about the unique public service television network, C-SPAN’s online presence and C-SPAN Classroom’s comprehensive educational resources. They also learned about C-SPAN’s unique non-commercial, editorially-balanced, non-biased coverage of public affairs and political events and the cable industry’s commitment to funding its operations.

“Initially it was really cool to see the bus. I didn’t know what to expect at first,” said Dutch Fork High senior Hussain Bhagat. “This was great for me to see because I just turned 18 and to have a resource like C-SPAN help me make educated decisions on political views is very beneficial. This was an eye-opening experience for sure.”

The high-tech, interactive C-SPAN bus includes these resources:

Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources

A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers

A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming

A 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN’s unfiltered coverage of high-profile events and insightful, behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. Landmarks

A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experiences through social media

Chapin High history and geography teacher Jerusha Spain believes the visit was so important for her students and their civic engagement.

“This encourages them to become involved in their community politically and nationally,” Spain said. “There are so many opportunities for us as educators and our students that C-SPAN offers and this is such a unique way to grow our minds even more.”