Teachers from around the world take on Space Camp

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Space camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) is on the wishlists of many children, but they're not the only ones.

An 11-year-old program sponsored by Honeywell brings lifelong learners to the camp, and these campers never seemed to get out of school.

"I started a space camp program in my own school, just students in tents doing astronomy," said Amanda Poole, a science teacher from the United Kingdom.

This week, she is doing something much different. One hundred math and science teachers from around the world are going through space camp, including some from just over the state line.

"I'm so used to the Space and Rocket Center and having been here before, I'm not taking pictures in front of every exhibit and every sign and everything," said science teacher Jerry Witt from Pulaski, Tennessee.

But he, and all others, are taking notes on how to promote math and science in classrooms. They go through the exact programming that the kids do, focused on leadership and teamwork.

Not every child can make it to space camp, but the teacher program has a far reach.

"After the first 10 years, over 2 millions students have been impacted by the program worldwide," said USSRC Education Program Manager Dan Oats. "When [teachers] go back, emails start flying between them, classes do Skype interviews with each other."

The teachers say the point of coming is to have fun, but more importantly bounce ideas off each other to take back to their home schools, and create international connections.

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