TEACHERS WHO WERE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SPACE ACADEMY PROGRAM TARGET TO RAISE THE SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS OF THE FUTURE.
Having been organized since 2004 within the Honeywell Hometown Solutions, The Honeywell Educators At Space Academy (HESA), which stands out as Honeywell’s corporate social responsibility project that offers innovative technology solutions, has the educators throughout the world meet with new information and technologies, which is going to carry them above and beyond their own abilities. To date, 62 countries have participated in the program, where teachers from all over the world have been guests, and 2776 educators have graduated.
8 educators joined in 2017
The Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA), organized within the Honeywell Hometown Solutions, is organized to support the professional development of science and math teachers around the world. Within this program, a much more innovative perspective is introduced to the teaching techniques of teachers and teachers have the chance to raise students with a much greater passion for science and mathematics. The Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) has been organized since 2004. Turkey, which has been participating in the Space Academy Program since 2013, took part in the training program organized by US Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) between June 14-27 this year with 8 teachers. We talked with Honeywell Turkey and Central Asia President Orhan Geniş about what kind of awareness they are aiming to create with this program. Underlining that the teachers who participated in the Space Academy Program reached over 3 million students in their efforts, Orhan Geniş said, “We are working to make today’s students become the scientists and engineers of the future. 38 Turkish teachers who worked in the science and mathematics branches between 2013-2017 were entitled to participate in the Space Academy Program.”
An investment to a different perspective
Expressing that Honeywell’s program, shaped by the upbringing of new scientists for the development of humanity and the vision of the world’s remodeling with their inventions, is part of their understanding of social responsibility, Geniş said, “Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA) program, which we have implemented for our students in high school and have a similar form, is part of this vision. With HESA, we bring our educators together with new knowledge and technologies that will take their skills a step further. In this context, we aim to both develop them and have them gain a different perspective. We provide educators with an awareness of their ability to develop professional competence and leadership skills. Thus, we are investing in know-how to make today’s students become scientists and engineers of the future. The doors of the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) is open to all mathematics or science teachers who teach children at a secondary level and are actively involved in an educational institution at the moment. Teachers can apply for the program by visiting educators.honeywell.com/application.”
Teachers go through a 45 hour special training
Emphasizing that the interest in Honeywell Educators at Space Academy-HESA is increasing every year, Honeywell Turkey and Central Asia President Orhan Geniş said, “It is a great pleasure for us to increase this interest rapidly. 33 countries participated in the 2017 program. Approximately 200 teachers participated in the camp. The program at the US Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) hosted mathematics and science teachers at different points of the world between June 14-27, 2017 this year. 45-hour classroom and discovery-focused laboratory studies were conducted. The same format will continue in 2018. However, the content of the education is updated every year depending on the developments in science and technology. The program includes classroom and discovery-focused laboratory work. HESA provides both field and classroom training such as high-performance jet simulations, scenario-based space missions, coding, land and water survival training and interactive flight dynamics programs. The trainers also participate in programs focused on the development of science, space research, and leadership skills. The science and mathematics teachers who were selected for the camp this year took part in secondary education institutions in Aydın, Çanakkale, İstanbul, İzmir and Kayseri.