TRAVELING INTO THE UNKNOWN
Interview with a Teacher
Mrs. Barb Hunt, 2nd grade teacher at Meadow Glens Elementary
From Mrs. Barb Hunt:
Q: Why did people want to go the moon?
A: I remember when the first astronauts landed on the moon. I was a very little girl. I remember sitting in front of our black and white metal television with my family. My mom hushed us all so she could hear every sound! It wasnít a clear picture and before you heard anyone talking, a beep would sound. The astronautsí voices were crackly, not clear like you hear today. It was an important time for the world because we didnít know what was on the moon. No human had every landed on another planet or satellite before. We didnít know if there would be other creatures or even diseases in outer space that could harm humans. We wanted to explore space to find these things out. We also wanted to learn the history of the moon and see how it affected life on Earth. Today there is talk of using the moon as a sort of rest stop for exploration of other parts of space. It will be interesting to see these ideas develop.
Q: Would you want to be an astronaut?
A: Before I married and had children I applied to be a teacher in space. I had a real space bug. I went to every workshop I could to learn about space and space exploration. I found the experiments being performed on the shuttle to be fascinating. I especially liked the idea of working with kids. Many times school groups set up experiments and sent them off with the astronauts to perform on their shuttle missions. When I applied, part of the mission was to communicate with children while in space. Students could email and converse with the teacher astronaut. I thought it would be an experience of a life time. I was not chosen and later married. Once my children arrived I decided to not take risks like exploring outer space. However, I still love a visit to a planetarium or Kennedy Space Center in Orlando.
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2nd Grade Teacher
Meadow Glens School
District 203, Naperville IL
|Barb Hunt at Kennedy Space Center|
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