Congratulations to Mrs. Carol Esser (middle school teacher) for being selected to attend the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HESA) this summer. For math and science educators, this is a dream come true! Mrs. Esser will spend five incredible days at the world’s premiere space learning center to learn about space and science, and then take her learning experience back into the classroom for our students.
Since its inception in 2004, this program has awarded full scholarships to more than 2,375 educators from 55 countries, and 52 U.S. states and territories. During the program, Mrs. Esser will participate in a variety of activities including 45 hours of classroom, laboratory, and field-training. Simulated astronaut training exercises, high-performance jet simulations, scenario-based space missions, and flying programs are just a small sampling of what’s in the curriculum. She will be attending several engaging math and science lessons, too.
Among some of the many planned activities, Mrs. Esser will also participate in two simulated Space Shuttle Missions where she will become a Mission Specialist, Flight Director, Commander, or even the Shuttle Pilot! Mrs. Esser will have the opportunity to go on a space walk or walk on the Moon (in simulators, of course). And when it’s time to return to earth, she will get to experience what it would be like to land in the ocean with a parachute and be rescued by a helicopter. HESA takes educators where no classroom can possibly go so they can bring their experiences and excitement back to their students!
The innovative programs are designed to inspire the next generation of scientists. Mrs. Esser will attend several Math and Science lessons that she will be able to apply in her classroom to further engage our students.
She has shared videos and information with students about this amazing opportunity and our students are very excited to come back to school in the fall to engage in the exciting new math and science lessons that will be incorporated into our STEAM curriculum. Her once in a life time experience will become a once in a life time education experience for our students.
We can’t wait for Mrs. Esser to come back and share all she has learned and experienced. Stay tuned for several follow-up stories that share how Mrs. Esser and students are benefitting from this amazing opportunity.