Honeywell, an American multinational corporation that majors in commercial and consumer products as well as engineering services and aerospace systems manufacturing, recently sponsored five teachers from Gauteng in South Africa to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama.
In the first week of July 2019, the teachers participated in Space Camp activities that were designed to equip them with the latest STEM learning and teaching practices, and equally expose them to the potentials of applying science and technology in the aerospace industry.
The five teachers were selected from Bovet Primary, Lyndhurst Primary, Mikateka Primary, Halfway House Primary and Nokuphila School from Gauteng Province.
The initiative originated from Honeywell’s ‘Adventures in Aviation’ program, launched in conjunction with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), to accelerate the next level of STEM teaching.
Earlier this year, Honeywell also sponsored nine South African students to the USSRC to participate in its Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, where about 290 young STEMists were gathered for a two-week-long interactive and hands-on training in coding, computer sciences, space exploration and aeronautics.
Honeywell initiated a similar program in June 2018, where the company sponsored 224 teachers from 35 countries as well as 45 U.S. states and territories to attend the annual Honeywell Educators at the Space Academy (HESA) programme at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The teachers spent two consecutive weeks participating in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math-inspired activities.
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