Connolly to Attend Space Academy Educator Program
Release Date: 4/27/2009 8:47:46 AM
Randy Connolly, a special education teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected into the Space Academy’s Educator Program in Huntsville, Alabama. This year’s group will include educators from 29 countries and nearly every state.
This five-day program focuses on space science and exploration. Throughout the week, educators will participate in 45 hours of activities, speakers, and experiences designed to be taken back and implemented in the classroom. These activities use space to meet math and science objectives and are correlated to national science, math, and reading standards. The educators will participate in astronaut training simulations, two simulated space shuttle missions, and aviation challenge water activities.
Connolly is looking forward to the opportunity to share ideas and strategies with colleagues from around the country and from around the world. He also hopes to bring back some activities that can be used across multiple content areas. “I find that my students are more motivated to learn when I can relate what I'm teaching to real-world situations,” Connolly said. “Lastly, this opportunity will give me a chance to live a childhood dream of being an astronaut, if for only a week.”