Houssem Eddine Lassoued, associate professor at ESPRIT School of Engineering from Tunisia, recently attended SPACE CAMP® at the U.S.Space and Rocket Center, NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center. From across the world, 200 teachers participated in this 45 hours/7 days of continuing education, laboratory and training time, focused on science and space exploration. The educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), training was focused on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.
Houssem Eddine was part of the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators Program, which is designed for teachers who want to advance education in the STEM fields in their countries and regions.
Houssem Eddine experienced astronaut simulators and took a virtual tour into space to save the International Space Station. Trainees also followed lesson plans based on NASA content (which is correlated to the National Science Education Standards) and received content and knowledge to pass on to their students in the classroom. Educators earn 45 hours on 7 days of continuing education credit and can potentially earn graduate credit through the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Space Camp and Aviation Challenge crew trainers lead each 16-member teams. Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Trainees sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.
It was a week of hands-on, engaging, real- world experience that I can share with my students. Together we can inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, or astronauts!
Houssem Eddine Lassoued