Hilary Wimmer, Colorado’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, got to take the trip of a lifetime this summer when she joined educators from across the country at Space Camp in Alabama.
The educators got hands-on training to learn methods for exciting and inspiring students about space exploration and the aerospace industry in general.
Hilary and her peers geared up and trained like astronauts, patched up rocket shields (simulated with shaving cream), met engineers and project managers that built some of the original spacecraft (one was 93 years old), and even met the astronauts themselves to hear their unique perspectives.
“Every single astronaut or engineer that I spoke with said that when they get into space they see one earth,” Hilary said. “They don’t see conflict or borders; they see a big beautiful blue planet that we’re all on together. They see, like only they can, how small we are in the big picture and how we ultimately all belong to one world and one community.”
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