Local Teachers Attend Space Camp 

Joy Hollowell

Several area science teachers spent part of their summer in space.Space Academy, that is.The group was among nearly 300 school teachers across the nation that spent a week at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.Joy Hollowell spoke with the cadets at the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor, about their experiences.===========”When are we going to Mars, when are we going to land on the moon again?”Questions from students, that science teachers Sarah Farnham and Lauree Gott wanted to answer. So they applied and were accepted to an elite program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama. “We kind of varied between doing astronaut simulations, like missions like they have here at the Challenger Learning Center, and the like teacher workshops,” says Sarah Farnham, who teaches at Winslow Junior High.The program is sponsored by Honeywell, which also paid for the trip. The whole idea is to give teachers the material to get their students inspired about math, science and engineering. The days were long.”oh, they were 14 hour days. Minimum,” says Farnham.But exciting. I asked both teachers this question…”is it safe to say that the simulations were the best part?”definitely yes.””One of the things our counselors told us at the beginning was to try this week to go outside of our comfort zone. So I didn’t say no to anything, and my heart was just a beating,” says Farnham.Chad Bell attended the space program two years ago and was so inspired, The Millinocket science teacher applied for the Advanced Camp. Part of their time was spent at the Kennedy Space Center.”we took a tour of the Vehicle Assembly building, which a lot of people aren’t able to get into, so it was kind of cool to see that. But inside, they were working on the new Ares rocket, stacking it right before our eyes,” says Bell.All three agree, it would be a thrill to actually go into space, but they’d be just as happy living out that dream through their students.”I hope one of my kids ends up being an astronaut,” says Gott. Joy Hollowell, WABI TV 5 News.+++++++++++++++++Ricia Hyde, who teaches at Waterville Junior High, also attended the space camp in Alabama.In addition to the U.S. teachers, educators from 15 other countries also took part in the program.