Westside schools: Bullock returns from Challenger

       Barbara Bullock, a Bijou High math and health teacher, returned to the school this fall after a year of working with the Colorado Challenger Center for Space Science Education.
       Operated through School Districts 11 and 20, the center is one of 52 in the country that have been built since the families of the Challenger Space Shuttle started the Colorado Challenger Center for Space Science Education after the shuttle's explosion in 1986. The center allows schoolchildren and others from the community to learn about space and fly simulated missions.
       “It was a really neat experience,” said Bullock, who was previously involved in Project Starshine, a national program to get students involved in space exploration. “It seems like I've been drawn to it (space science).”
       At Bijou three years ago, her science class was part of a pilot program for the tethered satellite system in which the class went to the facility at Huntsville, Ala.
       She had to interview for her year at Challenger, then took a leave from Bijou. While at the learning center, her tasks included wearing a uniform and pretending to be an astronaut during simulated missions. “The kids would think I was a real astronaut,” Bullock recalled. “They'd ask, 'How long have you been one?'”
       Bullock has taught 13 years in District 11, eight at Bijou.
       Coronado High School has changed its policy this year for early release on Wednesdays. Instead of releasing two hours early on alternating Wednesdays - which had proved confusing to some when it was tried last year - classes will end one hour early every Wednesday.
       This puts CHS' Wednesday release time at 1:59 p.m. instead of 2:59.

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