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Teacher Training: It Takes a Rocket Scientist

Albert Licano from Robinson Academy and Gwenelle Warren from Hamilton Middle School were among 89 public school teachers from around the world who attended last week’s 15th Annual Boeing Educators to Space Camp program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The teachers spent their days in training workshops designed for each grade level. Activities included simulated space missions, astronaut training and lectures by rocketry and space exploration experts. The teachers also received resources to use in the classroom to help students meet national standards for science, math and technology. The Boeing Educators to Space Camp program uses space exploration initiatives to enhance teachers' skills in presenting math, science and technology lessons that will inspire students and help ensure a skilled workforce in a globally competitive technology market. As graduates of Space Camp, Licano and Warren returned home with workbooks to create lesson plans and additional program materials to use in the classroom. The graduates also will have access to an educator training facility and a web site offering science experiments and other curriculum information. Boeing worked with U.S. and international school districts to select applicants for the program. This year, educators from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Australia, India, Japan and Singapore took part. Since 1992, more than 500 teachers have participated in the annual Boeing program, reaching an estimated 27,000 students around the world.