Potlatch Teacher Collaborates with NASA
Laura Wommack, physical sciences teacher at Potlatch Junior-Senior High School was one of fifty teachers nation-wide to earn the Endeavor Fellowship award by NASA. It’s based around a certificate program that provides live, online training for K-12 educators to earn a Certificate in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She was also awarded with an internship opportunity at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility with thirty other teachers in Palestine, Texas to fly payloads to an altitude of 100,00 feet, nearly to space. She’s been maintaining a blog that covers the entirety of her NASA summer.
As a NASA Explorer School educator, Wommack is now eligible to attend the Physics of Freefall Research experience in Cleveland, Ohio in August. She’ll be collaborating with other teachers to prepare and test experiments in a simulated micro-gravity environment within NASA Glenn’s drop tower.