Published on 4 June 2012
4 June 2012
Three trainee teachers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are over the moon about a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the NASA Space Camp in the United States.
Third-year Primary Education students Prue Jones, 33, Hannah Ward, 24, and Renee Laing, 25, will take off on Friday 8 June for a five-day stay at the US Space and Rocket Centre’s Space Academy for Educators.
Their trip to the camp in Huntsville, Alabama, has been supported by USC scholarships.
All three said they were looking forward to taking a closer look at space science, including rocketry, and participating in some exciting space mission simulations.
“I can’t wait to meet astronauts, complete design challenges and experience America,” Hannah said.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the people we are going to meet, the experiences we are going to be involved in, and the resources we are going to obtain, are going to be helpful in our classrooms for years to come,” Renee added.
Prue said she was keen to network with other teachers at Space Camp.
“I have a passion for science and I want to bring it into the classroom in many ways,” she said. “I am looking forward to liaising with teachers across the world and establishing teaching relationships with them.”
USC’s Lecturer in Primary Education Beverley Lowe said the Space Camp scholarships — introduced in March last year — were designed to boost science education on the Sunshine Coast and reward excellence in the Primary Education program.
“We want teachers to make science more of a focus in their teaching and learning,” she said.
“The students will come back from Space Camp with a lot of resources that they can use and share with other teachers.”
— Michelle Widdicombe