In a bid to support new teaching methods and boost children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, global technology company Honeywell (NYSE:HON) sent five South African teachers from Gauteng to Space Camp, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama.
The five teachers spent the first week of July
2019 at the Center, undertaking a series of space and technology-related
activities designed to equip them with new, exciting ways to engage and inspire
students on STEM subjects.
The event is the latest initiative in
Honeywell’s ‘Adventures in Aviation’ program, launched in partnership with the
Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), to take STEM teaching to new heights. Honeywell
also recently sent nine South African students to the USSRC to participate in
its Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy. During two week-long courses in February
and March 2019, the students joined more than 280 other students to engage in real-world,
hands-on challenges that encourage interest in STEM-related careers, spanning
coding, computer sciences, space exploration and aeronautics.
on from the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy earlier this year, we’re
thrilled to continue our partnership with the GDE to create a positive impact
around STEM for both students and teachers,” said Sean Smith, Africa President,
Honeywell. “Honeywell is at the forefront of industrial technology and
innovation in South Africa, and we are committed to ensuring the country
benefits from not only the very best industrial technology, but also skills and
capabilities within its workforce. Through the Honeywell Adventures in Aviation
initiative we are inspiring tomorrow’s generation of engineers, scientists,
programmers and technologists to reach their potential, and build careers that
make a positive impact on the world we live in.”
five teachers hail from Bovet Primary, Lyndhurst Primary, Mikateka Primary,
Halfway House Primary and Nokuphila School. While at Space Camp, teachers
attended 45 hours of immersive classroom and laboratory instruction focused on
science, space exploration, and leadership skills development. In addition to
learning new instructional exercises, including coding challenges, the teachers
built a network of peers from around the world to continue collaborating on, and
developing, their STEM education goals.
departing for Space Camp Sive Ngwantwini, a teacher at Lyndhurst Primary School,
commented; “The Honeywell Adventures in Aviation program is eye opener into a
world of possibilities connected to STEM for many students, and has ignited a new
level of hunger for learning about these important subjects. I am looking
forward to sharing the knowledge we gain at the USSRC with my colleagues on my
return, so that even more students benefit from new ways of teaching these fundamental
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