What it’s Like to Go to Space Camp

    10 years, more than 3,000 kids – here’s the latest from annual blast off at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

    One perk for Honeywell employees is the opportunity for their kids to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for a week of learning. 

    The 10th Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, held in Huntsville, Alabama, promoted student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields while building leadership skills. 

    The week’s activities are focused on aviation, space, and rocketry. Students built and launched model rockets with sensor payloads, guided teammates through a simulated space shuttle mission, and took a ride in a Multi-Axis Trainer like those used by Mercury program pilots in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Students at this year’s camp shared their coolest moments.

    Sam Staggs, 17

    Hometown: Peoria, Arizona

    Parent: Kevin Staggs, senior fellow

    Coolest thing at camp: “I loved the courses on giving presentations and learning how to get others involved.”

    Kelsey Coutts, 18

    Hometown: Elthan, Australia

    Parent: Craig Coutts, senior health, safety, and environment engineer

    Coolest thing at camp: “I got to learn about a wide range of STEM fields.”

    David Avila Vale, 17 

    Hometown: Moca, Puerto Rico

    Parent: Marisol Vale, senior accounting supervisor

    Coolest thing at camp: “I learned how to make connections with people from all over the world. I never thought I would make friends with people from other countries.”

    Isha Sachdeva, 16

    Hometown: Gurgaon, India

    Parent: Anupama Sachdeva, lead administrative assistant

    Coolest thing at camp: “I loved learning about leadership: how to give speeches and maintain the interest of your audience.”

    Rachel Usher, 17

    Hometown: Worthing, United Kingdom

    Parent: Jackie Usher, senior technical support professional

    Coolest thing at camp: “I got to meet the woman engineer who makes space suits and flight suits.”

    Martha Leon Casas, 16 

    Hometown: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

    Parent: Federico Leon Orozco, senior test manufacturing engineer

    Coolest thing at camp: “In all the activities, I learned how to work with a team.”

    Kara Wilson, 16

    Hometown: Randolph, New Jersey

    Parent: Maribel Wilson, vice president and chief technology officer, Advanced Materials

    Coolest thing at camp: “I loved creating a heat shield and learning everything that goes into building something like that.”