HONEYWELL TO HELP SPARK ‘LIFT OFF’ FOR UAE STEM EDUCATION AT THINK SCIENCE FAIR 2017

  • Global leader in space technology to collaborate with Emirates Foundation to inspire next generation of engineers and scientists in the UAE
  • Four UAE-based teachers to experience the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Alabama, USA

Honeywell (NYSE: HON), a global software-industrial company developing innovative solutions for space for more than 50 years, has announced it will partner with Emirates Foundation at the Think Science Fair 2017 (April 18-20) for the second year in a row, as part of efforts to help inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

As a Think Science sponsor with involvement in most major space missions and satellite projects since the beginning of the space age, Honeywell will honor four UAE-based teachers at the event during a special ‘Flight Suit Ceremony’ ahead of their participation in the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) professional development program to be held at a NASA training facility in June 2017.

Honeywell sending four UAE-based teachers to Space Camp

The four UAE-based teachers will join hundreds of others from around the world who underwent a rigorous, global, competitive application process to secure a seat at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Alabama, USA, for an all-expense paid, weeklong program that aims to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The objective of the unique program is to enable teachers to inspire their classrooms with ideas, lessons and other materials to create an unforgettable learning experience for youth in the UAE and around the world.

The teachers will experience 45 hours of classroom, laboratory and field-training activities that include simulated astronaut training exercises, high-performance jet simulations, scenario-based space missions and flying programs.

The four UAE-based teachers participating in the 2017 HESA program were encouraged to apply by Emirates Foundation, after participating at the 2016 Think Science Competition as supervisors and mentors of youth projects.

The Think Science Fair 2017, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), is a national program that strives to empower Emiratis to consider careers in STEM related fields. Its aim, much like that of HESA, is to nurture a culture of scientific thinking whilst helping to grow the next generation of technology pioneers in the country. The fair will provide the opportunity for hundreds of youth participating in the Think Science Competition to showcase their innovations to thousands of visitors, parents, investors, and stakeholders.

Honeywell is committed to supporting the UAE government in its quest to stimulate innovation and achieve a high-tech future for the country as part of its seven-year National Innovation Strategy plan. Within the strategy, ‘space’ is highlighted as a key pillar of importance. It also comes as part of a wider UAE movement towards developing a knowledge-based economy and improving capabilities and skills.

Maytha Al Habsi, Deputy CEO of Emirates Foundation, said: “We are pleased that Honeywell is supporting our ongoing efforts to develop a talent pool of future engineers and scientists, as part of our growing network of public and private partners who are committed to the socio-economic development of the UAE. We hope Honeywell’s vast expertise in technology and engineering will help inspire and encourage talented individuals to pursue their passion for science and technology.”

Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell High Growth Regions, Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia, added: “Our collaboration with Emirates Foundation for the 2017 Think Science Fair comes as part of our commitment to the region and our global efforts to inspire students and teachers while empowering the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

“We strongly believe that inspiring the next generation will accelerate the UAE’s technology ambitions, and will position the country as a high-tech leader and innovator in years to come,” Gilsdorf said.

Honeywell’s involvement with Think Science is supported by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which has helped inspire more than two million students at all grade levels worldwide to embrace STEM education. Introduced in 2004, the HESA program has taught more than 2,500 teachers from 56 countries, and has offered creative strategies for engaging students in STEM education.