Five Syracuse City School District teachers have been accepted to Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The teachers, Scott Daley and Robert Woolery from Frazer Middle School, Gary Brisson and Mary Newman from Hughes Magnet School, and Linda Trippany from Lincoln Middle School will engage in a week-long intensive educator training program focused on science and space exploration. All lessons and activities are linked to national science and math standards and are designed to inspire the next generation of middle school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
“I grew up in the area of the ‘space race’ and my childhood was filled with dreams of being an astronaut. Now, compliments of Honeywell, I will have the opportunity to get a taste of what it is like to be a modern astronaut via Space Camp. Through creative lessons I hope to share my experiences with a new generation of students who themselves may find their future is in space,” said Frazer Middle School science teacher Scott Daley.
Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy is designed to help teachers move beyond the standard math and science curriculum with supplemental teaching techniques developed through real-life astronaut training.
Participants in Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy engage in unique activities such as astronaut training exercises including high performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and state-of-the-art flight dynamics programs. They receive 45 hours of professional development; an intensive curriculum focused on space science and exploration; and classroom, laboratory and field training that are linked to science and math teaching standards.
“Attending Space Academy will be a fabulous experience. I am expecting hands-on training directly correlated to the Common Core Curriculum that I can transfer into my instruction/labs; enabling me to facilitate inquiry instruction more effectively. It will also provide me the opportunity to be a voice for my students as I will be bringing questions they have for the Astronauts. Finally, collaboration with scientists around the world will be absolutely priceless,” said Lincoln Middle School Science teacher Linda Trippany.
Honeywell has awarded more than 200 scholarships to its Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program this year. Since the program's inception, Honeywell and its employees have sponsored 1,750 scholarships for teachers from 45 countries and 50 U.S. states, to participate in Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy programs.
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