Weiner going to space camp
West technology teacher among select Honeywell scholarship group
After about 10 years of taking students to space camps, West Middle School teacher Ranganath Weiner finally gets to go to one
on his own.
He has received a scholarship to attend the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program from June 25 to July 1 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
He is one of 144 science and math teachers from 17 countries and 32 U.S. states who were selected to train in space science and space exploration and to participate in astronaut-style training.
“I'm very excited about going,” said Weiner, whose space and technology classes at West include consoles that allow rocket- launch and shuttle simulations.
He has also received recognition for taking more than 500 students to space camps. “I spend so much energy when I take kids to camps, that I don't get to enjoy myself and soak in the experience. This one is geared for educators, so I'm getting to do something.”
Exercises will include a high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and a state-of-the-art flight dynamics program.
The program is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, a company community outreach effort that includes science and math education.
Weiner is teaching a summer-school class at West on space technology and astronomy.
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