As part of the leadership program, Honeywell hosted students for two consecutive, weeklong programs, Feb. 25 through March 10, 2017, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy aims to encourage excitement and engagement around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects for students between the ages of 16-18. The program is packed with hands-on activities such as building and testing rockets, simulated astronaut training, shuttle missions, and a moon walk. The program is designed to educate students on the importance of STEM in an ever-changing, connected world.
Trainees of Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
in Huntsville, Alabama
This year, Nham Bao Khanh from Nguyen Tat Thanh High School, Hanoi becomes the second student from Vietnam that was selected to attend the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy. “It was the first time I’ve ever tried building a model rocket, and experienced what it’s like to walk on the moon,” said Khanh. “I had chance to hone my leadership by dealing with practical situations. Also, hands-on activities really encougared me to explore the fascination of STEM.”
Nham Bao Khanh at the at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC)
The focus on STEM-based career opportunities is integral to the values of Honeywell and its employees. During the program, astronauts and engineers share their personal journeys and career experiences with students.
Nham Bao Khanh with Team Determination participating in Rocket Launching
(front row, first on the right)
“The act of bringing this global Honeywell community together with Space Camp allows these students to plan for a future of improving life on our planet and beyond,” said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and executive director, USSRC. “They bring the best of their diverse cultures to Space Camp, where they will use teamwork and technology to prepare them for a future they have yet to imagine.”
“Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy is designed to inspire students to become tomorrow’s science, math and engineering leaders,” said Michael A. Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative. “We want to give these students a passion to fuel their generation’s technological contributions to the world.”
Since its launch in 2010, Honeywell, in partnership with the USSRC, has awarded 2,090 scholarships to students of Honeywell employees. Scholarships are granted after a rigorous application and review process based on academic achievement and community involvement. Financial contributions from Honeywell and its employees fund the scholarships, which cover the cost of tuition, meals, accommodations and program materials.