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W.Va. teacher wins space scholarship

June 03, 2011

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Tomahawk Intermediate School teacher Erin Sponaugle is one of 250 teachers from around the world who were awarded a fully paid scholarship to Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Their week of camp includes real-life astronaut training such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions and water survival training. Sponaugle of Martinsburg, W.Va., will attend the camp June 22 to 28.

Honeywell awarded the scholarships to teachers from 27 countries and 47 U.S. states. Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Academy is designed to help teachers move beyond the standard math and science curriculum with supplemental teaching techniques developed through real-life astronaut training.

Teachers will participate in 45 hours of professional development, as well as in an intensive educator curriculum focused on space science and exploration.

Activities include classroom, laboratory and field training exercises, which are linked to U.S. science and math teaching standards.

Each teacher will also undergo real-life astronaut training including a high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and a state-of-the-art flight dynamics programs.

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