Students gain hands-on experience with rockets and more

In 2018, 325 students from 35 countries and 25 U.S. states and territories attended the annual Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama.

Each year, the high school-aged children of Honeywell employees working at the Kansas City National Security Campus are among the group of international students chosen to attend the Academy. Eight children of Honeywell employees attended in 2018.

The Honeywell-exclusive program provides students with a unique opportunity to enhance their leadership skills by tackling real-world challenges in STEMM.

The week-long program offers students the opportunity to build leadership skills by tackling real-world challenges in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Experiences like this “space camp” for students are critically important to tomorrow’s workforce. Sixty-five percent of students entering primary school today will ultimately work in new technologically advanced job types that do not yet exist. Honeywell’s goal is to inspire and prepare young people for the rapidly changing jobs of tomorrow.

At the Academy, students between the ages of 16-18 participate in hands-on, team-based activities such as building, coding and testing rockets, simulated astronaut training, shuttle missions, and a moonwalk, all designed to emphasize STEMM education in an ever-changing, connected world.


8 children of Honeywell employees were among 300 students from more than 30 countries who attended the Academy in 2018.