MARQUETTE, Mich. -

A Northern Michigan University student was among 35 undergraduates who spent a week at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports that elementary education major Kristen Bustrak of Brule, Wis., was among the students last month participating in the space program's Pre-Service Teacher Institute. Astronauts and rocket scientists show future teachers in the institute how to integrate NASA's work into school lessons on science, technology engineering and mathematics.

Bustrak will take what she learned to the classroom next semester when she begins student teaching in Green Bay, Wis.

And as a bonus, Bustrak says she became certified to handle moon rocks, so she'll be able to borrow lunar and meteorite samples from NASA and bring them to the classroom.