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Honeywell (NYSE: HON) hosted 224 teachers from 35 countries and 45 US states and territories at the annual Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) programme at the US Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Ala. Eight Vietnamese teachers went through a rigorous review and selection process were accepted and participated in the program.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, and USSRC created the program in 2004 to inspire middle school science and math teachers to not only continue their own education, but to promote STEM in their classrooms. Since its creation, more than 3,000 teachers have attended the HESA program and have cumulatively gone on to impact more than 5 million students around the world. Of that number, there are 25 educators from Vietnam.
“We are thrilled to continue our long partnership with Honeywell to bring teachers to learn and grow at our facility in Alabama,” said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and executive director of USSRC. “The opportunity to help these teachers ignite their students’ passion in space, science and technology is one we at USSRC look forward to each year.”
|Eight Vietnamese teachers participate in Honeywell space camp in the United States|
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 and developing their STEM education goals.
“Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) was the best training experience for me to accumulate more teaching techniques as well as understand advanced science and technology,” said 2018 HESA alumnus Nguyen Thi Duyen, teacher at Nguyen Sieu High School, Hanoi. “I now have innovative ideas to enhance my curriculum which is sure to be much more interesting, inspiring and intelligible for my students. I am thankful to Honeywell for designing a meaningful and practical program for educators to make a difference in our STEM related lesson plans.”
“Governments in all continent shave invested in advancing STEM education to keep up with the increasing demand for STEM workforce. At HESA, Honeywell supported teachers and provided them with new ideas and concepts, thereby helping them to inspire their students,” said Mai Trang Thanh, president of Honeywell Indochina. “This is among our corporate social responsibility priorities in Vietnam, and Honeywell is proud to make a contribution to the development of STEM education and future high-quality local workforce.”
To qualify, HESA candidates complete a rigorous application process. Qualified teachers are awarded scholarships, round-trip airfare, tuition, meals and accommodations, supported by Honeywell and its employees.