Two teachers from Warren Elementary, Missy Kelly and Melissa Tackett, spent this summer studying at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama during the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program. Kelly and Tackett attended the camp with 185 other like-minded teachers from June 22 through the 26.
Kelly and Tackett experienced multiple aspects of the space program and discovered ways of how they could incorporate the skills and lessons into their classroom. Between seeing space machine replicas, participating in various shuttle mission challenges, as well as building rockets, Lego robots, and shields, both teachers learned new and exciting ways to inspire future generations of space travelers and scientists.
Kelly and Tackett had the chance to participate in several activities while at the camp. They both assisted in different missions that were designed to look like mission control, shuttles, and the International Space station, along with water landing simulations and simulated take-offs. Each member of the group had different jobs that sometimes yielded long work hours to accomplish their specific mission.
“This camp was a dream come true for a girl who watched the space program from the eighties grow and soar,” said Kelly. “I am eager to bring her excitement into the classroom and show students a new appreciation for space and space travel.”
Both Kelly and Tackett hope to bring some of the various activities they participated in back into the classroom such as building model rockets, making a heat shield, extracting DNA from fruit and making a moon lander.
The Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program hopes to help provide unique skills and teaching techniques to the participating teachers, so that they can help motivate their students in science, technology, engineering, and math. People from all over the world attended this space program; teachers from China, Australia, Turkey, and all over the U.S. helped bring in unique perspectives to the camp and group activities.
To find out more about Kelly and Tacket’s adventure you can visit their blog at http://kellyandtackettatspacecamp.blogspot.com/.