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Photo provided by JENNY BRUNO -- Ascension Parish teachers Amy Matthews, left, and Jenny Bruno attend Honeywell’s Educators @ Space Academy on June 18-24 in Huntsville, Alabama.

Two Ascension Parish teachers, Jenny “Honey Bee” Bruno and Amy “Itty Bitty” Matthews attended Honeywell’s Educators @ Space Academy June 18-24 in Huntsville, Alabama.

This year was the 10th anniversary of the academy’s mission to inspire teachers, who inspire students to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math, a news release said.

“The five-day intense sessions of classroom lessons, labs and hands-on training was a dream of a lifetime,” Bruno said.

“I’m inspired to go back to my classroom to share with my students not only what I learned about STEM and discovery but also about the teamwork and trust required for the most amazing experiences to occur,” Matthews said.

Bruno, a math, science a fifth-grade art teacher at Oak Grove Primary, and Matthews, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at Dutchtown Primary, were among more than 200 educators from 43 states and 27 countries attending the academy.

From team-building activities, zip-lining, ablation heat shielding experiments, rocket building and launching, land and water survival training, high-tech flight simulations and space missions, the educators were able to experience what it’s like to be a student, the teachers said in a news release.

The teachers met astronauts, including former astronaut and the author of “is October Sky,” Homer Hickam.

Teachers must apply to become part of the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program, and Honeywell funds the scholarships for teachers to attend the program.