Honeywell Hometown Solutions’ Programs Seek to Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers
Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS), the Company’s corporate citizenship initiative, was honored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY) and presented with the 2017 STEM Outreach Award. The award recognizes a Central New York organization that has increased interest in science or technology or expanded opportunities for people with limited access to science or technology. HHS was celebrated for its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs that provide enrichment for students, teachers, and families in Central New York.
“For Central New York to remain competitive, we need to prepare the next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers,” said Diane Plumley, TACNY President. “The programs that HHS has brought to Central New York have been critical and impactful for engaging students and teachers in pursuing STEM education and careers.”
Nearly 6,000 Central New York students have become more excited and passionate about science and math through several HHS-sponsored programs, including Honeywell Summer Science Week at the MOST (Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology) and FMA Live!, an interactive hip-hop concert that teaches Newton’s Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion. Thirty-six Central New York middle school teachers have attended Honeywell Educators at Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
“Honeywell is a driving force in delivering enhanced STEM lessons, activities and thinking into Central New York classrooms,” said David Amidon, a New York State Master Teacher and Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recipient. “These experiences are top-notch in terms of STEM content, with opportunities for teachers to infuse new techniques into their repertoires, and to motivate students to pursue these careers.”
Honeywell Summer Science Week at the MOST has brought science to life in memorable ways by leading more than 600 Central New York eighth grade students through hands-on science exploration in the Onondaga Lake watershed. For the past 11 years, Honeywell has partnered with the MOST to give students the opportunity to explore real-world STEM solutions to challenges in their own communities.
FMA Live! Forces in Motion, the award-winning, action-packed show created in partnership with NASA, has toured the region and visited five Central New York school districts in four years. FMA Live! uses music and dance, larger-than-life demonstrations, and audience participation to engage middle school students.
Honeywell Educators at Space Academy was created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to help middle school math and science teachers become more effective STEM educators through a series of astronaut-style exercises and stimulations. Since its creation in 2004, 2,776 teachers from 55 countries have attended the program including 36 from Central New York.
Onondaga Lake Visitors Center
Honeywell also built the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center to provide the public with access to the significant work taking place at Onondaga Lake by hundreds of scientists, engineers and skilled craft laborers, and offers educational tours regularly about the project.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Hometown Solutions focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Environment & Sustainability, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and nonprofit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit https://citizenship.honeywell.com/hometown-solutions/.