The camp, which was sponsored by
The program, called the "Honeywell Educators at Space Academy Program," is sponsored by
Kowker got connected with the summer program because of a previous summer workshop in 2009, which was sponsored by
"I found out about it after the moon rock assembly when the uncle of one of our students who is a
Kowker missed the deadline to apply for the 2011 program, but applied in
"There were about 230 teachers were accepted this year, and that is out of about 2,000 to 3,000 who applied," Kowker said. "It was nice to be in that small percentage. It was a thrill."
Kowker said it was an experience meeting teachers from 43 states and more than 20 countries.
"It was neat from the standpoint coming from our little school in our little town," Kowker said. "Going into it, I was wondering how I was going to stack up," he said. "Then when you see people from all over the world, you realize that teachers and students to a certain extent are the same everywhere with the same issues and the same goals. You get a good perspective about things. When coming home, I was thinking that we're not doing so bad here. Our kids are getting a lot of opportunities that people from across the country are getting."
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