Sara Hinderman teaches science and math to 7th and 8th graders at Orangeville Junior High but this summer it’s Hinderman who’s receiving a lesson.
She was one of 144 teachers selected internationally to attend space academy where she learned first hand what it's like to be an astronaut. The scholarship was offered through Honeywell, a leading company in aerospace technology.
“Did a simulated shuttle mission. My role in that was mission specialist two. I was in the orbiter with the pilot and commander." says Hinderman
Hinderman says space camps hands-on approach has given her a better understanding of how things work in space, which she'll now be able to bring to her classroom.
“When astronauts are in extended flight fluids float up. Heads get bigger legs smaller. In the classroom we can have students put legs on chairs to stimulate that and then measure them." says Hinderman
But more than funny lessons Hinderman hopes her students will someday go on to have careers in math and science and will remind them that anything is possible.
“Before space academy I thought astronauts were extraordinary people and they are but it's also something we all could do if we want.” said Hinderman.
Hinderman’s space exploration days may not be over yet, she plans to apply for advanced space academy next summer where only 17 teachers are chosen.