Third Grade Teacher to Attend Space Academy
Guess who’s going to Space Camp? Ginger Akason, third grade teacher at Brookview Elementary School, was selected to attend the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program. Akason will travel to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama where she will spend a week engaged in a variety of activities that use space to meet math and science objectives.
Akason’s adventure is schedule to launch June 11. The Honeywell sponsorship includes program materials, airfare to and from Huntsville, lodging and meals while in Huntsville.
“I’m always looking for opportunities to meet other teachers and learn new ideas for my classroom. When I became a teacher, I was very inspired by Christa McAuliffe, who was the teacher chosen to travel to space. I later met her successor, Barbara Morgan, who is also a 3rd grade teacher, and I loved her enthusiasm for learning and sharing that with her students. I wanted my students to have that kind of teacher,” Akason said.
Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy was created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC). It is a professional development program designed to help teachers from around the world become more effective educators in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Akason will join teachers from around the world to participate in 45 hours of intensive classroom, laboratory and training time, focusing on space science and exploration. She will even have the opportunity to learn through simulated astronaut training and activities.
“I’m most looking forward to learning new ways to present science and math concepts to my students and share information with the rest of the building,” Akason said.
Since 2004, more than 1,900 educators from 49 countries, 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 1 U.S. territory have graduated from the program. For more information about Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy click here.