Monday, May 16, 2011
Space Academy for Educators
It's been almost a year since my life changing experience at Space Academy for Educators. This is an amazing opportunity for teachers to get an all expense paid trip to Space Camp courtesy of Honeywell. A dear friend of mine suggested that I apply for it and I did kind of last minute. I didn't know what to expect or if I would even get accepted. Later in the year it turned out that I did and I was in for the ride of my life! The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is an amazing place full of space exploration history. I had an appreciation for it all, but not to the extent that I have now. To be honest, at the beginning of the camp I was going through the motions, enjoying myself, and I was learning a lot. However, it was when I was on the stage during our graduation ceremony taking pictures of our team that I realized how lucky I was. Not only to be a part of this experience that hundreds of teachers apply for each year, but to build such wonderful friendships that continue today thanks to the internet. I do wish I could have gotten to know some of my teammates better, and I think I did take some of that precious time for granted. However, I do think our paths will cross again. Hopefully at Advanced Space Academy next year! For teachers interested in this opportunity copy the link here http://www.spacecamp.com/educators/honeywell/. From this experience I took my science teaching to a higher level, and it has opened numerous doors for more learning opportunities this summer. This is my story as I travel across the country this summer to experience four space science opportunities and a NOAA Teacher at Sea cruise. It is about getting out of my comfort zone, pushing myself, learning as much as I can for my students, and having no regrets. Let the adventure begin!