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WVHS teacher participates in Astronaut Training Program

on July 31, 2017
teacher at space camp

Mrs. Reece, foreground, in the Command Module Simulator

 

Through a partnership between Honeywell and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, WVHS science teacher Lisa Reece recently had a unique opportunity to participate in an astronaut training program at the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala.

This program provides teachers from 33 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories with new techniques to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Some of the program highlights include:

  • HESA candidates complete a rigorous application process. Qualified teachers are awarded scholarships, round-trip airfare, tuition, meals and accommodations, thanks to the generous support of Honeywell and its employees.
  • The program includes 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction focused on science, space exploration and leadership skills development. Teachers participate in astronaut-style exercises such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, coding challenges, land and water survival training and interactive flight dynamics programs. Through these exercises, teachers learn how to reinvigorate their classroom with ideas, lessons and other materials.

“Attending Honeywell Educators at Space Academy was an amazing experience,” said Mrs. Reece. “I will use what I have learned to keep my students engaged and passionate about science, technology, engineering and math. With our eyes set on traveling to Mars by 2030, it will be the future scientists and engineers sitting in my classroom that will take us there.”

For more information about HESA, visit: https://educators.honeywell.com/

teacher in mission control room teacher team with NASA scientist

academy participants

2017 HESCA participants

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