Syracuse, NY – September 21, 2007 – “Local eighth grade students will be participating in the Honeywell Science Discovery Day on Saturday, September 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), located at 500 South Franklin Street in Syracuse’s historic Armory Square.
The students will be presenting their findings about the environmental conditions of the Onondaga Creek watershed that they researched during the Honeywell Summer Science Week at the MOST last July. Parents and teachers will be gathered to learn about the discoveries students made and students will also discuss the value of field work in studying the environment.
According to the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, the second greatest threat to our future is our country’s failure to remain competitive in math and science. To this end, the MOST is committed to helping children learn about the science fields. “We know from countless studies that the future of our community, both environmentally and economically, will in large part be determined by the children of today who become well educated in the sciences and technology,” said MOST President Larry Leatherman. “That’s why it’s so great to be working with Honeywell on this project.”
The students participated in the Honeywell Summer Science Week at the MOST from July 16 to 20 under the director of MOST Exhibits Manager Dr. Peter Plumley. During this time, they learned about the water supply, waste water treatment and basic ecological science of the Onondaga Creek watershed. Participants also learned about resource planning, data collection and analysis, and the necessity of cleanup programs for Onondaga Lake. Theory and reality were brought together as students explored the lake’s inputs and observed how water makes its way through the watershed.
“It is wonderful to see science come to life through these students,” said Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe. “Honeywell is proud to partner with the MOST on a program that will certainly inspire these students to become engineers and researchers who will play a key role in protecting and restoring our precious resources.”