Math, Science and Adventures in Space

K. Thornton
When asked to speak to you at this 1997 Summer Colloquium, it was with a great deal of reluctance and a bit of ann-twisting that I agreednot because I don't appreciate the goals and pmpose for this institute, but because it is my personal policy not to talk at great length on a subject about which I know very little. For some people that is not at all inhibiting, but it makes me uncomfortable so I try to avoid doing it. So I won't talk to you about years of experience in classrooms, about
more » ... ch in teaching methods, or about innovative new ways to teach math and science. What I can tell you from first-hand experience is the profound effect you, as teachers, can have on your students. Along with three other scientists, I spent about a year and a half training for my last Space Shuttle mission. We worked closely with the principal investigators to learn all the procedures we would use to conduct more than 30 experiments during our 16-day stay in the
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