Teachers to travel with Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium

Posted: Monday, 13 July 2009

DOTHAN—A group of local teachers participating in the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will travel this week to Dayton, Ohio for four days of professional development at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National U.S. Air Force Museum from July 15-19.

The group will fly via military airlift from Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol. The teachers’ stay in Ohio will include tours of the Orville Wright home and the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Interpretive Center and the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center

The educators will attend two days of aerospace education workshops presented by the Scott Crossfield National Teachers of the Year. Information covered will include best ideas for using aerospace education in the K-12 classroom as well as an overview of 21st century jobs and what teachers need to do to prepare their students for the future workforce.

The teachers will also attend the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Ceremony hosted by comedian Rich Little. The inductees include the late astronaut Ed White and first woman commander of the space shuttle, pilot Eileen Collins. The inductions will be presented by personal friends and colleagues, including Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, and golfer Arnold Palmer.

The Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium is a joint venture of TROY’s Dothan Campus and partner school systems. Its goal is to increase student performance in math and science by providing professional development for K-12 teachers.