2017-07-14 / Schools

Elementary teacher graduates from educators’ space academy

Lesson plans based on NASA content


MISSION CONTROL— Jana Saffro, who teaches fourth grade at Atherwood Elementary School in Simi Valley, participates in astronaut simulations during her recent week at the Space Academy for Educators in Huntsville, Ala. The program, held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, is designed for teachers who want advanced education in the STEM fields. MISSION CONTROL— Jana Saffro, who teaches fourth grade at Atherwood Elementary School in Simi Valley, participates in astronaut simulations during her recent week at the Space Academy for Educators in Huntsville, Ala. The program, held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, is designed for teachers who want advanced education in the STEM fields. Jana Saffro, who teaches fourth grade at Atherwood Elementary School, recently graduated from the weeklong Space Academy for Educators at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the U. S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

The educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.

Saffro, a Simi Valley resident, was part of a program that is designed for teachers who want advanced education in the STEM fields.

Saffro experienced astronaut simulators and took a virtual tour to space to save the International Space Station.

Trainees followed lesson plans based on NASA content, which is correlated with the National Science Education Standards, and they received content and knowledge to pass on to their students in the classroom.

Educators earn 45 hours of continuing-education credit and can apply for graduate credit through the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Space Camp operates year-round and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects.

Trainees sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.

Nearly 750,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its inception, including several current astronauts.

Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 64 international locations attended Space Camp.

For more information, visit www.spacecamp.com or call (800) 637-7223.

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