Area Teachers Head to Space Camp

Seven area teachers will find out what it’s like
training to be an astronaut.

Rod Rice reports they are part of the Boeing
Educators to Space Camp Program.

The local teachers will join about 90 others in Huntsville, Alabama on Monday for the week long training. Herbieto Chinea teaches math at HISD’s Ortiz Middle School. He says aside from always wanting to go to space camp he has one main goal for the week.

“Learning different instructional methods to use in my classroom, because at this level, sixth grade, it’s very hard to keep the kids interested in math.”

During week in Huntsville the teachers will have workshops and activities that include simulated space missions, astronaut training, and classes in rocketry and space exploration. They will also get resources to take back to the classroom to help their students meet national math and science standards. They will also learn what it takes to be an astronaut and how to inspire future engineers and scientists.

It is already having that affect for Marny Ethridge, a teacher at Clear Creek ISD’s Ward Elementary.

“Toward the end of the school year when I was telling my students that Boeing was sending me to space camp, and we watched a little bit of the space walks that were going on with the last mission, I even had a student tell me, ‘wow Mrs. Ethridge, I think I like to be an astronaut. Do you think I could do that? Would you bring back information for me to show me what I have to do to be an astronaut?'”

Space camp teachers will return home with ways to create lesson plans and they’ll have access to a web site offering experiments and other curriculum information.