Horizon Teacher Goes to Space (Camp)!

One of our very first partner schools was Horizon Middle School, in Aurora, Colo. And once you’re a part of the Big Brain Club family, you’re in for good. We will always go out of our way to share your school’s successes.

Often that means bragging on students, but sometimes it means bragging on teachers, too.

This week we got word that Horizon science teacher Shelly Grandell recently returned from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She was one of more than 250 teachers from 27 countries who took part in the Honeywell Educators Space Program. While there, she did everything from recreating shuttle launches to extracting DNA from strawberries.

“I was hanging from the ceiling in crazy harnesses, using the same tools as the astronauts use,” Grandell said. “(Our team) was coordinating door locks; we had to make sure we were listening to flight control. You’re sitting in this simulator, and there are literally thousands of switches and buttons glowing. It really teaches problem solving skills, and it’s great to bring that into the classroom.”

Read the full story to learn more about how Shelly plans to incorporate what she learned into her teaching, and about how she’ll make use of the many international contacts she made during her training.

Congratulations to Shelly Grandell, science teacher and budding astronaut trainee! (And thanks to Big Brain Club friend, teacher, and supporter Sarah Pauly for the tip. If you’ve got a story to share about students or teachers getting their nerd on and/or showing the world that smart is cool, contact us here!)

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