Shelly A. Munoz Selected For Prestigious Space Academy Training for Educators
Released on: July 01, 2010, 5:14 am
Honeywell, US Space and Rocket Center and Shelly Munoz
Honeywell Sending 220 Teachers From 17 Countries And 44 States To Participate In Astronaut Training
Scholarship Program Provides Effective Teaching Techniques for Science and Math
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., July 1, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced
today that it has awarded 220 scholarships to its Honeywell Educators @
Space Academy program. Teachers from 17 countries and 44 states will
attend the program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville,
Alabama from June 11 to June 23, 2010. This event is one element of the
company’s award winning math and science education initiative.
Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, the Honeywell
Educators @ Space Academy program is designed to help teachers move beyond the
standard math and science curriculum with supplemental teaching techniques developed
through real-life astronaut training.
Shelly A Munoz, 7th grade life science teacher from Menifee Valley Middle School
attended the academy June 11-17 2010. The schedule was packed with various
challenges and missions designed to enhance participants’ understanding of space
science and exploration. Beyond classroom, laboratory and field training exercises,
each teacher also faced physical challenges: a high-performance jet simulation,
scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and flight dynamics
“Through the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program we have trained more than
1,100 science and math teachers to become more engaging and inspiring educators,”
said Thomas Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “This unique
hands-on learning experience reinvigorates science, technology, engineering and math
education in classrooms around the globe.”
Honeywell Educators participate in 45 hours of professional development, as well as
an intensive educator curriculum focused on space science and exploration.
Activities include classroom, laboratory and field training exercises, which are
linked to U.S. science and math teaching standards. Each teacher will also undergo
real-life astronaut training including a high-performance jet simulation,
scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and a
state-of-the-art flight dynamics programs.
“As a teacher I love the idea of exposing students to new experiences. The week at
Huntsville gives me plenty of material to do just that in my classroom,” said Steve
Chance, 2009 Space Camp alumni. “The frosting-on-the-cake was to spend time with so
many dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. That always refreshes me for the new
Each Honeywell Educator receives a full scholarship following a rigorous application
and selection process involving competing teachers from around the world.
Scholarships include tuition for the six-day program, roundtrip airfare, meals,
accommodation and program materials, all underwritten by Honeywell and contributions
from Honeywell employees.
“Once again, Honeywell is sending a stellar group of teachers to the U.S. Space &
Rocket Center, and we are honored to have the opportunity to provide them with
relevant professional development in science, technology, and mathematics,” said
Larry Capps, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. “Teachers
who have participated in previous sessions are now making a difference in classrooms
around the world as they inspire the next generation of explorers. We look forward
to working with the Honeywell Educator Class of 2010 as we continue our mission.”
Since the program’s inception, Honeywell and its employees have sponsored more than
1,100 scholarships for teachers from 37 countries and 49 U.S. states, to participate
in the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy programs.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology
and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and
services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive
products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J.,
Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges.
For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
The Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the
company’s corporate citizenship initiative which focuses on areas of vital
importance: Family Safety & Security; Housing & Shelter; Science & Math Education;
Habitat & Conservation; and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and
non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these
needs in the communities it serves. For more information on Honeywell Hometown
Solutions visit www.honeywell.com/hhs.
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