U.S. Space & Rocket Center Program Helps Inspire Educators from Around the World
Four local teachers have returned to Central New York with innovative lesson plans after participating in an intensive five-day educator training mission at Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The educators, Camillus Middle School teacher Katherine Clift, Pine Grove Middle School teacher Sally Mitchell, Roxboro Road Middle School teacher Colleen O’Connor, and Van Buren Elementary School teacher Sarah Parrish, were awarded scholarships from Honeywell to attend HESA, which provides simulated astronaut training focused on space science and exploration.
In partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Honeywell developed the award-winning scholarship program to help middle school math and science teachers become more effective educators and encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers.
“I want to thank Honeywell for providing such an incredible experience for our teachers,” said Camillus Middle School Principal Beth Lozier. “Scientists and engineers are changing the world, and we need our students to be ready to pick up the work currently in progress.”
This year, more than 200 teachers from 33 countries around the world attended one of two five-day programs offered over consecutive weeks from June 14-27. Teachers received rigorous training focused on science and space exploration, including astronaut-style exercises such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and interactive flight-dynamics programs.
Since 2004, more than 2,776 educators from 62 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories have graduated from the program.
HESA candidates complete a rigorous application process. Qualified teachers are awarded scholarships, round-trip airfare, tuition, meals, and accommodations, thanks to the generous support of Honeywell and its employees.
For more information about HESA, visit: https://educators.honeywell.com.
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