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MTSU aerospace workshop takes flight
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Five Warren County educators are flying high after attending the 54th annual Aerospace Education Workshop at MTSU. Program director Phyl Taylor is a retired Warren County teacher and administrator.
This is the nation’s oldest continuous aerospace education workshop. Educators earned four hours of graduate credit while learning how aviation and aerospace principles can be used in the classroom.
The course is free thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, to Tennessee K-12 educators through MTSU. Educators are selected by an application process. Admission to MTSU’s graduate school program is required.
Local teachers attending the workshop were Ken Bates, Dawn Christian, Connie Hale, Kathy Higgins and Kim Woods.
Educators are provided with teaching strategies, curriculum guides, and materials to use in their classrooms. Teachers can use these materials to encourage students to become more interested in STEM courses, which are science, technology, engineering and math.
While earning four hours of graduate credit, the teachers enjoyed a spectacular group of guest speakers. These included five-time astronaut Commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson, Gibson’s wife, astronaut Dr. Rhea Seddon, astronomer Dr. Eric Klumpe, and retired Rear Admiral Jimmy Taylor. Chief Petty Officer Earl McClung, Warren County teacher and former workshop participant, was also a guest speaker.
Teachers received a one-hour free flight lesson in an MTSU training plane. They also visited Pensacola, Fla., for a three-day field trip and saw the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, in flight.
A favorite activity of the teachers was creating an “Egg-O-Naught,” which is a vehicle capable of landing safely with a raw egg intact after being dropped from a 12-story building.
For further information, or for an application to participate in an upcoming workshop, email Phyl Taylor at phyl.taylor@mtsu.edu.