Tracy Maness recently joined teachers from around the world to embark on a learning adventure of a lifetime this June during the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program. Honeywell announced it has awarded 210 scholarships to teachers from 27 countries and 42 states to attend its simulated astronaut training and professional development program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Tracy teaches at Lakeview Elementary School in Mt. Juliet. She has been teaching for 11 years.
She participated in 45 hours of professional development, as well as an intensive educator curriculum focused on space science and exploration. Each teacher underwent simulated astronaut training including:
• A high-performance jet simulation
• Scenario-based space mission
• Land and water survival training
• Interactive flight dynamics programs
Only about one-third of 8th graders have the skills to perform even basic mathematic computations. Honeywell Educators at Space Academy, created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, is designed to address these trends in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by providing teachers with new technical skills and teaching techniques that help motivate students not only in the U.S. but around the world.
Since the program’s inception, more than 1,755 teachers have attended this unique and innovative program.
More information on Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is below. We would love to arrange time for you to speak with Tracy. Photos of her experience at Space Academy will also be available.