UAE-based teachers invited to join trip to US space camp

As sponsor of the trip, Honeywell is encouraging teaches to seek new approaches in STEM education

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UAE-based teachers invited to join trip to US space camp To date, the HESA program has seen over 2,776 graduates from 62 countries.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  October 29, 2017

Global industrial firm Honeywell has extended an invitation to eligible  UAE-based teachers to participate in the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) program.

Hosted at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), which is home to the Apollo 16 capsule and the Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the team of UAE-based teachers will join educators from across the world.

Aiming to encourage educators in devising novel approaches for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, the program will comprise of 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction.

Focusing on science, space exploration and leadership skills development, the courses will engages teachers on astronaut-style exercises. This will include high-performance jet simulations, scenario-based space missions, interactive flight dynamics programs, as well as coding challenges.

Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell, Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia, said: "Honeywell has been involved in most major space missions and satellite projects since the beginning of the space age, and we are committed to supporting the UAE government's ambitious science and space programs, including Mars Mission 2021.

"Last year, we welcomed four UAE-based teachers to the HESA program who are now actively sharing their experiences with students, some of whom may become our scientists and astronauts of the future. We believe that investing in teachers is an investment in our youth, and we look forward to welcoming another group of teachers from the UAE at Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in 2018."

Commenting on her own experience of the program, Buthaina Abandah from the Applied Technology High School, Abu Dhabi, said: "Going to Space Camp was a transformative experience for me. Not only was it inspiring, I met teachers from all over the world and together we learned new techniques to make STEM education more fun and engaging for our students. I strongly recommend all teachers to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and attend Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in 2018."

The week-long program runs twice at the USSRC's Space Camp, from 13-19 June, 2018 and 20-26 June, 2018. To qualify for the 2018 HESA program, educators must be currently teaching science or math to students 10 -14 years old and should continue to teach these subject areas through 2018.

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