Three teachers from the San Fernando and Antelope valleys are among 24 U.S. participants in this week's Space Academy for Educators in Florida.
The program, one of several U.S. Space Camp programs for adults, began in 1992. It seeks to empower teachers with the ability to inspire students in math and science and give them classroom materials for developing new space- and science-based educational programs, organizers said.
Karin Hague of Lancaster High School, Cathy Kenney of El Oro Way Elementary School in Granada Hills and Joey Safdeye of Gridley Street Elementary School in San Fernando arrived at the camp in Titusville, Fla., on Saturday.
The group is participating in a weeklong curriculum of lectures by space experts, astronaut training and simulated space missions. Teachers also will tour the NASA Kennedy Space Center, the site of U.S. shuttle launches.
The program is sponsored by the commercial, aerospace and defense units of the Boeing Co. in Seal Beach.
"We're delighted to give teachers this opportunity for real, hands-on exposure to the nation's work in space so they can create exciting new programs for successive generations of students," said John A. McLuckey, executive vice president of the Boeing Defense & Space Group.