Medford Elementary 5th grade teacher, Joan Soldano, was one of 264 educators from around the world chosen to participate in the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators which is held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. These talented teachers were able to participate in an intensive educator curriculum focused on space science and exploration in addition to participating in real-life astronaut training.
During the program, Mrs. Soldano was able to participate in a variety of activities that included 45 hours of classroom, laboratory and field training. She also had the unique opportunity to participate in actual astronaut training exercises including high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and a state-of-the-art flight dynamics program.
Teachers who applied for the Honeywell scholarships were required to submit a 500 word essay describing the tools and techniques they would use to motivate students to study science-related fields and pursue technology-related careers. These scholarships were financed by more than 1,300 Honeywell employees through their own contributions. The scholarships included tuition for the five-day program, roundtrip airfare, meals, accommodations and program materials. The entire membership of the PMCT congratulates Mrs. Soldano on her selection as a scholarship recipient and her successful completion of “Space Camp” and are proud of her success in Huntsville.