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Boeing-sponsored Teachers Blast off at Space Camp

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 11 July 2005

Boeing is providing 94 4th-though-8th grade school teachers from 16 states and five countries the chance to experience the rigors of astronaut training at the 14th Annual Boeing Educators to Space Camp, between July 12-17, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, USA. 

The program, which includes a series of exercises involving simulated space missions, astronaut training and lectures by experts in rocketry and space exploration, uses space education as a means to motivate teachers and enhance their skills in presenting math, science, and technology lessons in the classroom.

Rick Stephens, senior vice president, Boeing Internal Services, said, ďThese teachers will be inspired to bring this aerospace experience back to the classroom through new and challenging science lessons -- for a direct and lasting effect on the students they teach.Ē

Since 1992, more than 330 teachers have taken part in the Boeing Educators to Space Camp program. Boeing Community and Education Relations staff throughout the company work with school districts, chambers of commerce and other organizations to select teachers for the program.

The teachers will graduate from Space Camp on July 17. Each leaves with a workbook and lesson plan information, supplied by Space Camp. They will also have access to an educator training facility and a Web site designed for Space Camp graduates with science experiments and other curriculum information. It is estimated that more than 24,000 students around the world have benefited from the annual Boeing program.

States and countries represented at the 14th Annual Boeing Educators to Space Camp are: Alabama (2); Alaska (1); Arizona (1); California (15); Florida (5); Hawaii (2); Illinois (21); Kansas (2); Mississippi (1); Missouri (10); Oregon (2); Pennsylvania (2); Texas (13); Utah (4); Washington, DC/Virginia (5); Washington (3); Australia (1); Israel (1); Italy (1); Japan (1) and the United Kingdom (1).

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