MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell ( NYSE: HON) today announced that 304 students from 38 countries and 33 U.S. states and territories will attend the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA) this year. The unique leadership program will run over two consecutive week-long programs from February 21 to March 7, 2014 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama.
HLCA uses interactive technology, science-oriented workshops and team exercises to teach children of Honeywell employees between the ages of 16-18 leadership skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Activities are delivered in fun and innovative ways that bring STEM studies to life. The program is designed to build students' leadership skills and develop their capacities through hands on challenges.
During the program, the students will meet scientists, engineers and former astronauts who will reinforce core leadership competencies and share their first-hand professional experiences. Students will engage in team-building challenges such as designing, building and testing their own rockets; participating in simulated astronaut training, shuttle missions and a moon walk; and conducting DNA extraction experiments on fruit.
"Our goal is to continue to develop a new generation of leaders, engineers, and scientists who can address the challenges of tomorrow," said Tom Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's global corporate citizenship initiative. "Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy is a holistic program that uses a variety of teaching methods to open students' minds to the many possibilities for rewarding careers.""Thanks to Honeywell, HLCA has been an eye-opener for me! It has motivated me to consider pursuing a career in aerospace and technology," said Nisha Hegde, a 2013 HLCA scholarship recipient from India. Since its launch in 2010, Honeywell, in partnership with the USSRC, has awarded more than 1156 scholarships to students. Scholarships are granted after a rigorous application and review processes based on academic achievement and community involvement. Financial contributions from Honeywell Hometown Solutions and Honeywell employees help fund the scholarships, including tuition, meals, accommodations and program materials.