Local teachers participate in Aerospace Workshop

Published: Jul. 18, 2017 at 1:17 PM EDT
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A group of thirteen East Tennessee teachers are participating in a Aerospace Workshop at UT.

The teachers are flying model planes, dropping eggs from a rooftop and launching rockets as a part of the conclusion to the workshop.

"The hook on these teachers is they get graduate credit for this course and it's paid for by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission on a grant," said Lt. Colonel Dave Garner of the Civil Air Patrol, Tennessee wing.

The workshop highlights science, technology, engineering and math.

"The purpose of this workshop is to teach teachers what is aerospace education and how to teach it in their classrooms," said Garner.

The two week workshop aims to help teachers bring STEM education into the classroom. This is the program's 22nd year, and they have trained 500 teachers.

The workshop is funded by the Civil Air Patrol. It is a collaboration between the UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; the UT Astronomy Lab; and the Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.