The Boeing Educators to Space Camp program uses space exploration initiatives to enhance teachersí skills in presenting math, science and technology lessons in the hope that it will ìinspire students and help ensure a skilled workforce for a globally competitive technology market.î
The teachers completed workshops and activities including a simulated space mission, astronaut training, as well as attending lectures by rocketry and space exploration experts. They also received resources to implement in the classroom to help their students meet national standards for science, math and technology.
Boeing worked with the United States and international education institutions who selected applicants for the program. One of the goals is to have those teachers learn what it takes to become an astronaut and how to inspire their students to be future engineers and scientists.
As part of the program, Boeing had over 90 teachers from 12 countries participate in the week-long course, which Boeing says marks the largest group of educators from the most countries to date.
The program provides full scholarships to teachers in communities where Boeing has an education partnership and/or a business presence. Working with education and community leaders around the world, Boeing distributes scholarships to partner schools and districts who then select K-12 teachers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to increasing student interest in science, technology, space and math.
Both Moulton and Wood were given a workbook upon graduation from the Space Camp to create lesson plans and additional program materials to use in the classroom. They will each also have access to an educator training facility and a Web site offering science experiments and other curriculum information. They will be able to use resources to continue to network and communicate with their fellow camp attendees.