2) It’s healthy to get out of your comfort zone. Every day we have students in our classrooms who are uncomfortable and nervous. When teachers are learners they reconnect with those emotions and are reminded of ways to engage these young people. International Space Camp forced many of us into the learning zone.
3) We all need to know about science. This experience got me excited about technology, problems solving and engineering. I have a renewed appreciation for the importance of STEM and will implement some of the strategies into language arts.
4) Innovation moves an organization forward. NASA has constantly had to redesign and reinvent. In education we often tweak, adjust, modify slightly, rename or revamp. We need to learn from NASA’s ability to meet aggressive goals with bold change.
5) Teamwork matters. It takes everyone to make the mission a success. We need to embrace and execute our job, whatever it is, but we also need to keep an eye on our teammates and assist them when they need support.
6) Failure is NOT an option. Just like during the Apollo 13 mission, lives are at stake. We have a moral obligation to give every student the best shot at achieving the mission. No excuses.