Honeywell Educators at Space Academy takes educators where no classroom can possibly go! Since its inception in 2004, more than 2,776 educators from 62 countries, 52 U.S. states and territories have graduated from the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy.
During the program, educators participate in a variety of activities including 45 hours of classroom, laboratory, and field-training. Simulated astronaut training exercises, high-performance jet simulations, scenario-based space missions, and flying programs are just a small sampling of what’s in the curriculum.
Along with your fellow educators, you’ll work together as a team to achieve a multitude of mission objectives. Whether you’re performing experiments in the lab, repairing satellites, or adding a module to the International Space Station, all of the educational simulations are realistic, exciting, and challenging.
Among some of the many planned activities, you will also participate in two simulated Space Shuttle Missions where you could end up being a Mission Specialist, Flight Director, Commander — or even the Shuttle Pilot! You may find yourself taking a space walk — or even walking on the Moon (in simulators, of course). And when it’s time to return to earth, you’ll also get to experience what it would be like to land in the ocean with a parachute and be rescued by a helicopter. Honeywell Educators at Space Academy takes you where no classroom can possibly go so you can bring your experiences and excitement back to your students!
Shuttle Orientation: During the shuttle orientation, an introduction to the major components of the Space Transportation System, as well as the highlights of a mission sequence is provided. The topics are illustrated using hands-on activities that can easily be transferred to the classroom setting.
Mission Overview: The mission overview describes the different simulation areas of the mission, along with an explanation of astronaut and ground positions and responsibilities. The mission timeline will be reviewed, and an explanation of activities and experiments to be performed will be given.
Mission Training: During the mission training, detailed information will be provided on how to conduct the simulated shuttle mission. Training is conducted in all areas of the mission simulation including cockpit procedures, EVA procedures, satellite deployment, scientific experimentation aboard a Space Station, and Mission Control responsibilities. Practice time is given in following checklists and solving problems.
Shuttle Mission: The shuttle mission is a series of simulated space shuttle missions, which include the launch and landing of the shuttle, satellite deployment, assembly of a large space structure, and conducting experiments while in space. The Shuttle Mission presents various types of problems that require teamwork and critical thinking in order to have a successful mission.
Astronaut Simulators: Astronaut simulators reinforce the unique sensations of space flight through the use of simulators, such as the 1/6 gravity chair that simulates the experience of walking on the moon. The Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) is a full-sized mock-up of NASA’s MMU and the Multi-Axis Trainer recreates the dramatic sensation of being aboard a tumbling aircraft.
All simulators are patterned after actual simulators used for training NASA astronauts. The simulators are also tools for demonstrating and experiencing Newton’s Laws of Motion. Astronaut Simulators have a weight limit of 260 pounds.
IMAX Theater: For a change of pace, participants are treated to an “out of this world” IMAX movie at the Omnimax Theater.