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Boise teacher attends space camp, hopes to inspire students

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 17:53:37-04

A teacher from Mary McPherson Elementary School is back in Boise and ready to teach her students everything she learned at space camp this summer. 

Fourth-grade teacher Emily Drake spent a week at space camp at the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. 

"I grew up learning about space," Drake said. "My dad is a space buff, so it was a lifelong dream to go to space camp, so I was very excited when I got accepted." 

She was one of the 200 educators accepted into the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy scholarship program from all over the world -- on a mission to learn new ways to bring science, technology, engineering and math to their classrooms. 

"We had great conversations, just got to know them and collaborate with them and get their ideas and their feedback and just different things that they're doing in their classrooms and bring them back to ours."

From jet simulation to space exploration, the educators trained like real astronauts. Emily Drake says she's excited to share her experience, and her flight suit, with students in the fall. 

"The problem solving, the team work, perseverance, persistence, being able to solve a problem and being able to do those kinds of things in any kind of field that they choose when they grow up."