Learning the bus-iness of government

Pam McGorry, center, an Educational Programs Specialist with C-SPAN, answers a question in TV interview style from Samara Ramos, 12, as seventh-graders from East Lyme Middle School tour the C-SPAN '50 Capitals Tour' bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Pam McGorry, center, an Educational Programs Specialist with C-SPAN, answers a question in TV interview style from Samara Ramos, 12, as seventh-graders from East Lyme Middle School tour the C-SPAN "50 Capitals Tour" bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

East Lyme — Seventh-graders from East Lyme Middle School on Tuesday toured the C-SPAN "50 Capitals Tour" bus, a 45-foot motor coach that has been touring state capitals for the last 14 months and will wrap up the tour this month with the five New England capitals and Albany, N.Y.

The interactive exhibits on the bus give students a chance to learn about C-SPAN's programming and how government works. The bus will be in Hartford on Wednesday doing a live call-in show with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

April Knighton, a master controller from C-SPAN volunteering on the network's '50 Capitals Tour' bus, gives a primer to East Lyme Middle School seventh-graders before they tour the bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
April Knighton, a master controller from C-SPAN volunteering on the network's "50 Capitals Tour" bus, gives a primer to East Lyme Middle School seventh-graders before they tour the bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Pam McGorry, right, an educational programs specialist with C-SPAN, cheers for David Edwards, 12, as he gets a question right on a quiz on one of the interactive terminals on C-SPAN's '50 Capitals Tour' bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Pam McGorry, right, an educational programs specialist with C-SPAN, cheers for David Edwards, 12, as he gets a question right on a quiz on one of the interactive terminals on C-SPAN's "50 Capitals Tour" bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
East Lyme Middle School seventh-grader Jack Campbell, 12, takes an interactive quiz during a tour of the C-SPAN '50 Capitals Tour' bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
East Lyme Middle School seventh-grader Jack Campbell, 12, takes an interactive quiz during a tour of the C-SPAN "50 Capitals Tour" bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Shylah Harris, 12, beaks into laughter as she is 'interviewed' by classmates Victoria Hatt, 12, right, and Mary Killian, 12, back, as seventh-graders from East Lyme Middle School tour the C-SPAN '50 Capitals Tour' bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Shylah Harris, 12, beaks into laughter as she is "interviewed" by classmates Victoria Hatt, 12, right, and Mary Killian, 12, back, as seventh-graders from East Lyme Middle School tour the C-SPAN "50 Capitals Tour" bus Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Anne Haling, right, a seventh grade social studies teacher at East Lyme Middle School, snaps a photo of students as they arrive to tour the C-SPAN '50 Capitals Tour' bus Tuesday, October 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Anne Haling, right, a seventh grade social studies teacher at East Lyme Middle School, snaps a photo of students as they arrive to tour the C-SPAN "50 Capitals Tour" bus Tuesday, October 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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