Space Camp Experience to be Used by Educators in their Classrooms
Even though the academic year is almost already over, a number of science educators still revel in the most memorable moments of their space camp experience. The teachers were the 200 or so participants chosen to join in the HESA or Honeywell Educators at Space Academy.
The educators joined in around 45 hours of classroom lectures and laboratory activities that were primarily about space expeditions and science in general. Classes tailored for astronauts included flight dynamics interaction, simulation of high-performance jets, water and land survival training, and situation-based missions in space.
Conceived in 2004, the HESA program’s mission is to assist middle school science educators in convincing their students to embark on careers in science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM). The program is one of several space camps that are available in the U.S.
During the conduct of the program, the HESA staff told the teachers that their students are the “Mars Generation, or the ones that are very much likely to pioneer in inhabiting the said planet’s surface. And so as teachers, they were told that they have to do what they can to prime their students for such.
Most of the program participants said that the best part was collaborating with teachers around the world on lessons that they plan to use in their classrooms. Among the activities that most of them liked was the one involving the construction of a lander / rover hybrid using basic materials. An egg is then placed on such contraption, which in turn is dropped from a higher point. The challenge is that on impact, the egg shouldn’t break.
The challenge that teachers face is getting their students’ attention. It’s only after then that they’ll be able to help them develop creativity and problem-solving skills. But with their space camp experience now, they just might be able to do it. Visit here again for more stories like this.