Described by past participants as “life-changing,” the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HESA) scholarship program is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Class. HESA is a catalyst program designed to enable and inspire middle school science and math teachers to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S. and around the world.
More than 200 teachers will be sent to the NASA training facility in Huntsville, Ala., in June 2016 for the all-expense paid, weeklong professional development program. Participants will experience 45 hours of classroom, laboratory and field-training activities that include simulated astronaut training exercises, high-performance jet simulations, scenario-based space missions and flying programs.
The HESA program teaches educators lessons about perseverance, being strong leaders and the importance of collaboration and sharing ideas for effective outcomes. They also learn how to modify STEM education strategies to fit students of all ages and learning levels.
Biology teacher Sylvia Beckham, from Fayetteville, N.C., participated in the 2015 HESA program. She described her experience as “a dream come true” that she plans to share with her students.
“You want to talk about 21st century learners, getting kids globally prepared, that's what Space Camp does, it lights a fire,” she said. "At Space Camp the instructors said, 'you are here for a purpose, go out and dare students to do mighty things.'"
Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, HESA has graduated more than 2,381 educators from 55 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories since its inception in 2004.
With increasing national and international concerns about future STEM careers, Honeywell has focused on filling the gaps with programs like this to engage and inspire students. The goal is to create a pipeline of talented young men and women who will become future innovators, inventors and engineers.
Science and math teachers who work with students ages 10 through 14 can apply for HESA online today. For more information visit www.educators.honeywell.com or email questions to Honeywell@spacecamp.com. Applications are being accepted through January 4, 2016.