Teacher in­spired by ‘space’ trip

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

While most school chil­dren will be thrilled with a sum­mer hol­i­day on sunny shores, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing space will take some beat­ing.

That’s the des­ti­na­tion for one Maid­stone teacher – well, al­most. Lind­say Hobbs was one of three teach­ers from the UK se­lected to go to the US Space and Rocket Cen­ter in Huntsville, Alabama, USA as part of the Honey­well Ed­u­ca­tors at Space Academy Pro­gram.

Mrs Hobbs, who teaches bi­ol­ogy, physics and chem­istry at St Si­mon Stock in Oak­wood Park, ex­pe­ri­enced as­tro­naut-style train­ing, high per­for­mance jet sim­u­la­tion, sim­u­lated space mis­sions and land and wa­ter-sur­vival train­ing.

The an­nual pro­gramme and vis­its ar­ranged by the tech­nol­ogy man­u­fac­turer Honey­well are in­tended to in­spire teach­ers to find new, cre­ative ways of bring­ing science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths to life in the class­room.

Mrs Hobbs was suit­ably in­spired. She said: “It was the most in­cred­i­ble, ex­hil­a­rat­ing and in­ter­est­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme I have ever at­tended.

“I was buzzing with ex­cite­ment the whole time, and I can­not wait to try out some of the ac­tiv­i­ties that we com­pleted at space academy in my class­room.”

St Si­mon Stock teacher Lind­say Hobbs gets her space train­ing

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