Along with training, we were certified to borrow meteorite samples from Houston, and we were taken on amazing tours of exhibits open to the public, as well as the shuttle assembly building (VAB), one of the launch pads, and mission control! I recently got exciting news that our group may be doing further training in Houston this summer, as well as teaching some Nebraska-based workshops as a group. Throughout the year, I have done a few trainings, and I always love sharing my experience with other educators.
With all this in mind, my 6th graders loved hearing about my experiences, and held me to a high standard of having amazing science lessons - I'd say we did okay with it :)
One of my favorites was showing the Sun's distance to each planet by stringing toilet paper down the hallway. This happened to be a day I was observed, and I was so nervous about keeping 21 6th-graders "managed" (in the hallway of all places) while we did this. I borrowed the idea from The Astro Society, but I adapted it for my class and created my own worksheet (link below). They loved it, I loved it, and I impressed my advisor with "keeping them in line" while having a great time and meeting objectives - always a plus!