A Spaced Out Kind of Summer

Space continues to be a love for Mrs. Reynolds as she participated in two great opportunities this past summer. In June, Mrs. Reynolds traveled to Huntsville, Alabama, and participated in the Honeywell Educators at Space Camp Academy. The camp consisted of 212 educators from around the world who were selected to the prestigious camp based on their application and recommendations. Mrs. Reynolds learned from astronauts, flight engineers, and other experts in the field during the week-long camp. She also participated in two simulated missions, completed professional-development lessons that she brought back here to HMS, and engaged in several astronaut challenges. One of the challenges was the Multi Axis Trainer that simulates a tumble spin that an astronaut might experience in space. Another challenge was the Moonwalk, where participants experienced the reduced gravity that occurs on the Moon. Finally, she also completed the Survival Aviation Challenge with the zip line and the underwater rescue.

In July, Mrs. Reynolds traveled to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida to participate in the first-ever Space Port Area Conference for Educators (S.P.A.C.E). Mrs. Reynolds presented a session on rockets and attended many other professional development sessions. Each morning, the keynote speakers were former astronauts. Eileen Collins, WInston Scott, Mike Foreman, and Bob Cabana each shared their story about how they got involved in the astronaut program. The finale of the week was the Big Bang Ball which was held underneath the Space Shuttle Atlantis that is there on display.