Science teacher James Falletti has a very unique summer vacation story: He went to Space Camp as part of the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Mr. Falletti (as he's known to his middle school students) joined more than 200 teachers from 33 countries and 45 states, thanks to Honeywell Hometown Solutions, our corporate citizenship initiative.
With his re-energized enthusiasm to bring the exciting world of technology to students, Mr. Falletti will join a new school in September, serving as technology integrator teacher at the Corpus Christi School in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
“I am looking forward to bringing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) based activities to students, including robotics, basic coding, applications and solutions to real-world problems, and hands-on project-based activities with a focus on space, Life Sciences, and Rocketry,” he said. “My goal is to expand the minds of my students and reignite passion and love for science with teachers, staff, and community.”
Here's his photo journal:
Had the amazing opportunity of meeting Clayton C. Anderson (front row, fourth from the right), the first and only astronaut from Nebraska. He had been rejected 15 times by NASA before being accepted in 1998.
During our low-ropes activity we challenged ourselves to improve communications and teamwork. Here with my fantastic team, Team Destiny, comprising multiple educators from around the globe.
Let’s go to Mars! Mission Day for Team Destiny, what we call our group of 16 teachers who worked together during Space Camp. I was in charge of “landing” the spacecraft safely on the surface of the Red Planet. Mission accomplished!
The day was filled with learning and working with circuits, programming Raspberry Pis (small, single board computers used for simple computing), space exploration and astronaut training. Everything was absolutely amazing!
I’m humbled and honored to win the “Right Stuff” medal for best teacher performance. This is an incredible achievement for me, my team and my school. I’ll never forget my week in Huntsville.
I love science and technology, and the Honeywell Educators program is the perfect marriage of the two. Learning about space and space exploration makes this a must-do experience for every science educator.
The HESA program was created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama., the award-winning scholarship program is designed to help middle school math and science teachers be more effective teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Since starting in 2004, HESA has graduated more than 2,776 educators from all over the world.