Space Camp

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  1. ChristyF

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    Several of us on this site was lucky enough to get scholarships to Honeywell's Educators at Space Academy at Huntsville, AL. I have attended a lot of professional development, but this one is one of the best ever. The scholarship pays your air fare and tuition. If you want to check it out this is the site:

    Applications available at www.honeywell.com/hhs

    I know any of us who were lucky enough to go would be more than happy to help in any way we can. Check it out. It really is amazing!!
     
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    Wow! I just read the press release and this sounds like an exciting program. The company is right indicating that inspiration is what is needed to attract students into the field of aviation and astronautics. Oh, that I could have attended this program. A program like that would be the pinnacle of my career.
     
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    Any recommendations on filling out a successful application?
     
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    Hi, kcjo13. I just replied to your PM, but just in case anyone else is checking this out. Jem may have better suggestions, I wrote from my heart. I listed the major things I had done and was lucky enough to have a NASA program among them. I was very open with my enthusiasm, though. I tend to right exactly how I speak and sometimes that makes for interesting reading! :) I know any of us who have been would be more than happy to help you out. Good luck!
     
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    That's just an hour north of me! I've heard it is a great program. I've done the basic tour there.
     
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    I whipped my essay off in about 10 minutes, because I honestly didn't think I would get in. I was SHOCKED when I got it. I would highlight any students of need that you teach, and talk about how putting more enthusiasm for science into your school/district will help. They really want teachers to take the information, go back to their schools, and spread the word. So maybe talk about how you would do presentations, or how you would meet with other science teachers and show them your cool ideas. Talk about how the kids might not be getting enough science, or how your current plans are boring and you need to spice things up.

    I think I highlighted how I was the only middle school science teacher, so it would help a lot of kids, and my kids were mostly immigrant/low socio-econ kids, so it would be a huge gift for them.
     
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    It is a fantastic program! My enthusiasm has increased by leaps and bounds. I also applied quickly and got in anyway. I talked about having a Space Week at my school and I think that helped me.
     
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    If anyone was accepted into the program but can't attend, let me know! :)

    I can provide my own transportation and can be there on short notice. I'll be standing by!!!
     
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    Applications will probably be accepted through the end of the year. Christy, Jem and I went last summer so we're talking about this past summer. Please apply if you have any interest. They said there were 1500 applicants and they accepted 300. good luck!
     
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    Yeah, I had NO interest in space when I applied. I wasn't even sure I REALLY wanted to go, even after I got accepted. But I am SO GLAD I went. I love space now. And I made a really, really great group of friends. We still e-mail each other with ideas and support. We were talking about re-uniting at the Aires space shuttle launch, and one of the guys in our group even applied to be a real astronaut, so we're waiting to hear on word with that. It's just such a wonderful, awesome week.

    If you've ever looked at your kids having so much fun with a lesson and wished you were back there, with no responsability and someone else taking care of everything, go to space camp. It's like being 12 again. We did karioke and everything.
     
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    I have always found aviation and space and the program to be one of the most inspiring areas of human achievement.

    All three of you can away full of praise for the program. Was it the classes, the instructors, or being involved in the space program that inspired you the most? Is this a format that can be duplicated elsewhere, or does the space motif give it that extra charge of excitement?

    Your enthusiasm and praise for your experiences at Space Camp makes me feel that we should all have access to programs like that to improve our outlook.
     
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    I'm sorry, exactly where at that website can one find the 'Educators at Space Academy' scholarship info?
     
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    This program has a value of about $1000 and is targeted toward middle school teachers of math and science so the sponsorship of a corporation is essential. Exciting teachers about the future of the space program will ultimately allow the continuation of the space program. Our students are of course the future tax payers. We had access to experts in lots of areas and were welcomed to communicate with them as needed to help our students. It also provided a network of teachers to share information. Also, it's exciting because space rocks! I teach space science for a third of my year so I'm using the information on a daily basis.
     
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    Ross, for me it was a combination of the three. First of all it was just a really fun workshop. We got to play and ride rides. I met up with 2 other campers on the plane. We were so excited and just jabbered away. When we went over the camp heading to the airport we were at the windows squealing about the rockets. The excitement was just amazing. I knew next to nothing about the space program coming into this. I am a volunteer instructor with Wildlife and Fisheries. Life science has always been my strength and interest. I fell in love with space through this workshop. The instructors (a lot were former campers) were amazing. They shared so much with us and they were so excited about everything they had to share. Just being there, seeing and touching objects that had left the surface of our planet filled me with awe. There's no other word that fits. We left with tons of ideas and lesson plans and amazing friendships. The lessons covered all subject areas and we had teachers from kindergarten up to high school. There were all ages, all physical builds, and many nationalities. My team had one camper from Puerto Rico, one from Mexico, and one from England.
    It is well worth everyone's time to try and go. There are teacher space camps that you can pay to go to. I don't know much about them other than the girl I met on the plane found out about the scholarship when her parents went to pay for her to go as a Christmas gift.


     
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    I haven't gone to the teacher space camp program, but was a chaperone for our school's visit last spring, and LOVED it! :)
     
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    It's fun to see so many people excited about the space program! I live in Huntsville and have never been through the program, just the basic tours.
     
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    The common sentiment expressed by everyone here is of excitement.

    When I retired and decided to be a substitute teacher, I wanted to use the space program and aviation as a tool to generate excitement with the students when I had the opportunity. If I could inject stories and lessons that caused the student to see infinite possibilities, that would be an accomplishment!

    I have not succeeded. I have talked to students about space or flying, then asked who would be interested in a career as an astronaut or pilot. The usual response from a class - silence.

    Last week, one of the Sunday morning news programs had a segment on the future of private space flight companies. They interviewed students at a museum and asked if anyone would like to go into space. They did not show a single student interested in that prospect. One student, approximately 12 years old, responded he wanted to be a lawyer.
     

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