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Alice Asevedo works for Edgewood Independent School District. Laura Johansen home schools an elementary-aged child.

Both women are blown away by this training on Augmented-Reality books. AR books use smartphones or tablets to add a layer of content on traditional books.

Over their audible gasps, laughs and exclamations, there is a palpable excitement over how they can use these books.

"It's the Earth," says Johansen, "It's the whole Earth," she says staring at a three-dimensional model through an ipad. 

"Oh my God," says Asevedo laughing.

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NASA's New Horizons probe flew past Pluto two years ago, documenting our Solar System's former ninth planet, but the mission always intended to go farther.

Though New Horizons launched in 2006, NASA and San-Antonio based Southwest Research Institute didn't know where the probe would explore after its primary mission to Pluto.

In 2014, scientists settled on Kuiper belt asteroid MU69. Only now are they figuring out exactly the best route and how big the icy rock is.

Among the exposed walls, blowing fans and dozens of construction personnel, Heather Plank -- hard hatted and enthusiastic --  is explaining the the layout of one classroom in the San Antonio Independent School District's newest in-district charter high school, CAST Tech.

"So this is more of the typical classroom, that has the three different learning environments in it," Plank says explaining that each teacher will have three areas from instruction, to individual to group learning spaces.

Around 100 people attended a presentation Monday night on how a nonprofit will reshape a 108-year-old power plant on the banks of the San Antonio river. The meeting, which took place at Freetail Brewery on South Presa, was filled with neighbors of the plant eager to see the project come to fruition.

The Mission Road power plant is less than a mile away from the meeting, adjacent to Roosevelt Park.

CPS Energy gave the power plant to the nonprofit EPIcenter earlier this year with the understanding that it would be converted into a hub of innovation in green energy. 

Ilna Colemere holds an iPad over a children's nonfiction book about the solar system. 

"So we're gonna access the camera and you hold it over and eventually" Colemere trails off while maneuvering the iPad over the page.

As we watch, suddenly the music fades up from the iPad, and a three-dimensional sun rises from the two-dimensional book with the planets quickly orbiting it. 

This is augmented reality. Using a smartphone or iPad and an app from the book's publisher, you can see a wealth of unseen content, self-narrating books, or ones with 3D models. 

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