Three Albuquerque-area teachers have been selected to participate in the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama, Honeywell announced Tuesday.
The company said in a news release that Chelsea Henrie, Kirk Hartom and Vivian Cullen are among the 250 teachers from 27 countries and 47 states awarded scholarships to attend the June 22-28 program.
Henrie teaches at Tony Hillerman Middle School in Albuquerque, Hartom teaches at The ASK Academy in Rio Rancho and Cullen is a teacher with Rio Rancho Public Schools, according to the news release.
The news release said the program is designed to help teachers move beyond the standard math and science curriculum with supplemental teaching techniques developed through real-life astronaut training.
The teachers participate in 45 hours of professional development, as well as an intensive educator curriculum focused on space science and exploration, according to the news release. 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.