Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017
HEALTH & EDUCATION

8 Vietnam teacher training simulators astronauts

Updated at Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017, 15:18
The Hanoitimes - Honeywell and long-term partner, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), welcomed more than 200 middle school teachers from 33 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories to the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA).
This year marks a record number of participants from Vietnam with eight teachers. Over the course of two consecutive weeks, from June 14 to 27, teachers experienced a unique opportunity to re-ignite their passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
“Technology is changing exponentially. Things we once held as impossibilities are reality – we are on our Journey to Mars,” said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. “Educating the next generation of leaders and learners is key to global success. Exploration improves quality of life for all humanity through discoveries in science and engineering. The Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program unites teachers with exciting tools and methods to change the lives of students around the globe.”

The program includes 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction focused on science, space exploration and leadership skills development. Teachers will participate in astronaut-style exercises such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, coding challenges, land and water survival training and interactive flight dynamics programs. Through these exercises, teachers learn how to reinvigorate their classroom with ideas, lessons and other materials.

“HESA has reinvigorated me to expand my understanding and pursue STEM teaching,” said Hoang Thi Hien, teacher at Lawrence S. Ting School (LSTS), also known as Dinh Thien Ly School. “Every activity is part of a comprehensive experience to enhance teachers’ in-depth knowledge and skills. This is an unmatched opportunity every middle school educator should grasp in our teaching career.”
“As a leading technology and software company, Honeywell places a great deal of importance on educating our next generation of scientists and engineers,” said Mike Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “The teachers who attend the academy understand the importance of STEM education better than anyone. They use these learnings to keep their students engaged and passionate about science, technology, engineering and math.”

“We are delighted to see the increased number of Vietnamese teachers participating in HESA, which means more students will have opportunity to be inspired from STEM-fueled teachers,” said Mai Trang Thanh, president, Honeywell Indochina. “Beyond giving effective exposure to STEM, the Honeywell Educators program has encouraged students’ scientific enthusiasm – a key factor for innovation and productivity for the country’s sustained economic growth.”

 

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