Science Expedition: Honeywell Summer Science Week Students Investigate the Onondaga Lake Watershed
Students Participate in Weeklong Science Program that Instills Confidence in Science and Math
More than 80 middle school students completed field research and learned about the positive impact of the Onondaga Lake cleanup during Honeywell Summer Science Week. Now celebrating its 13th year, Honeywell Summer Science Week, which is organized by the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), has inspired more than 800 students through hands-on science exploration in the Onondaga Lake watershed.
The program brings science to life as students learn from scientists, engineers, professors, and college students about the watershed and associated environmental sciences. Honeywell Summer Science Week helps motivate students by improving their science aptitude and confidence, and encourages them to work toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
“Honeywell Summer Science Week empowers students to go out into the field with local experts and conduct science investigations that relate directly to their community,” said MOST Chief Program Officer Peter Plumley, Ph.D. “This wonderful program furthers students’ experience with scientific methodology in the natural world, and many program graduates go on to college in pursuit of scientific studies before entrance into a STEM field as a professional.”
On opening day, City of Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens joined Honeywell and the MOST at a kickoff event at Onondaga Lake Park.
Throughout the week, students participated in a variety of field activities, such as collecting water samples throughout the Tully Valley and the Onondaga Lake watershed, and exploring Clark Reservation and Onondaga Creek. Students also learned about the fish in Onondaga Lake, underwater mapping, and the engineering behind the lake bottom cap.
“This program is an unparalleled science experience for students. We appreciate Honeywell’s continued support in helping the MOST teach the workforce of the future,” said MOST Interim President Lauren Kochian.
“Honeywell Summer Science Week inspires the next generation of scientists and engineers through hands-on experiments in the Onondaga Lake watershed,” said Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe. “The innovative program increases students’ interest in science and math and teaches them an interdisciplinary approach to resolution of environmental issues.”
Honeywell Discovery Day
The students reunited on Honeywell Discovery Day to discuss scientific findings. Students were joined by family members and teachers as they presented their observations.
Local companies, organizations, and individuals participating include: Montezuma Audubon Center, U.S. Geological Survey, OBG, Parsons, Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection, and faculty and graduate students from Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF.
Honeywell Summer Science Week is sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative that focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, 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 http://citizenship.honeywell.com/hometown-solutions.
For more information on the Onondaga Lake cleanup, please visit www.lakecleanup.com.