Out of This World! Teachers Share their Space Academy Experience

Back in China after astronaut training, educators inspire students with what they learned

It was all systems go for a group of Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) in Shanghai recently.

Themed “Return to Space,” the workshop was held at the Honeywell Technology Experience China (HTEC),

In their training suits, the Chinese HESA alumni shared their training experience at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) with more than 150 middle school students and teachers, igniting their passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

For 13 years,  HESA, in partnership with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, has been sponsoring middle school science and math teachers from around the world with a week-long astronaut training program in Huntsville, Alabama, where they learn about space-exploration and become more effective STEM educators in an ever-changing, connected world, inspiring future scientists and engineers. 
 
“HESA is probably the best experience in my teaching career,” said Li Ningjuan, teacher of Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School. “It has broadened my horizon and provided me with creative teaching tools and procedures which greatly enable our bold imagination in future teaching. Over the past summer I did a lot of thinking and design work. I am looking forward to a new semester and can’t wait to surprise my students.”

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Honeywell Executive Chairman Dave Cote presenting the teachers with “HESA Science Education Ambassador” certificate

During the workshop, Honeywell Executive Chairman Dave Cote, Honeywell China President and CEO Stephen Shang and Honeywell Aerospace APAC President Steven Lien, presented teachers with certificate of “HESA Science Education Ambassador.” Dave pointed out that, “Honeywell, as a leading software industrial company, has long attached great importance to the education of future STEM talents. Our goal is more than just offering a great training opportunity. We are building a global community where teachers can discuss and share their ideas so that what they learn from the training can be applied to actual teaching.” 
 
The teachers also gave a well-designed “Return to Space” class by simulating a mission to Mars which included such tasks as “Arriving in Space,” “Landing on Mars,” and “Returning to Earth,” inspiring students to explore cross-disciplinary knowledge related to physics, chemistry, mathematics, geography, etc. “We are very happy to work with the other teachers on this class,” said Ye Fan, teacher of Fuxing Junior High School. “What we learned in the training was also shared with our students. I expect further cooperation in the future as we inspire more students with the influence we have.”
 
The teachers and students also toured HTEC, where engineers demonstrated how Honeywell has impacted the world with its products and solutions. “Shanghai is striving to be a world-class science and innovation center, and talents are the key,” Dave said.

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Students and teachers touring the HTEC

Since 2004, Honeywell has awarded scholarships to 2,776 teachers from 62 countries, including 42 from China. These teachers have further inspired more than three million students.

To apply to the HESA 2018 program, click here. Applications accepted through November 14, 2017.