Celebrating STEMM volunteers

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Volunteering is an important part of how Honeywell FM&T supports its commitment to STEMM. Science, technology, engineering, math, and manufacturing were well-represented in the hours volunteered by Honeywell in 2018, which totaled 8500.

For example:

  • Honeywell hosted two Careers in STEMM events with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.

  • Honeywell added a new manufacturing educational experience to its popular IGNITE events with PREP-KC, allowing students to explore the manufacturing process from product conception, design, production, and quality control.

  • Honeywell’s employee volunteers partnered with PREP-KC to create an award-winning playbook to engage more girls in science and engineering. The playbook lays out an inspirational career path in a format that’s easy to understand.

  • Honeywell’s employees engaged with 1158 urban students through our IGNITE STEM education and outreach activities with PREP-KC

  • Honeywell Black Employee Network Members hosted two baseball-themed IGNITE STEM Events for 50 students at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

  • Honeywell proudly hosted the regional competition for the Kansas and Missouri Science Bowl, provided coaching and mentor support for FIRST Robotics teams, supported the Greater Kansas City Science Fair through volunteer judges, provided coaches and mentor support for the Science Olympiad, and produced six IGNITE science and math events for hundreds of students.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day included 50 Honeywell mentors


Honeywell is a proud sponsor of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (“IGED”), which is an event designed to offer opportunities for high school girls to learn more about engineering disciplines and careers in various engineering fields. In 2018, 50 Honeywell women served as mentors for the event, which was attended by 500 girls.

Each attendee is paired with a mentor who is a professional engineer in the Kansas City community. Students experience a combination of hands-on activities and education about the field of engineering in general. Girls participate in an industry fair, a university fair, a college panel, a session with a keynote speaker, and an engineering discipline fair.

Girl Scouts SPARK interest in STEMM careers

Honeywell is committed to “sparking” an interest in girls to pursue education and careers in STEMM.

In 2018, Honeywell hosted 25 Girl Scouts at the Kansas City National Security Campus for a Girl Scouts SPARK Event. The children earned badges while participating in a variety of hands-on engineering and science experiments with Honeywell professionals.

FIRST Robotics builds tomorrow's tech heroes

FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a growing nationwide program that helps high school students discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. Through FIRST, students form cross-functional teams and are guided by mentors in designing and building a robot. They compete against other teams across the nation. The program’s vision is to create a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.


Through mentorship, Honeywell supported 30 of the 50 teams in the March 2018 Kansas City Regional competition.

More than 50 Honeywell employees devoted their time and talent to mentor and support FIRST teams, and many more employees volunteered to help conduct the regional competition.

Honeywell contributed $10,000 toward the Kansas City Regional competition through its partnership with the Kansas City STEM Alliance.

Science Knowledge Bowl steps up STEMM competition

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Honeywell, the Science Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition that brings together high school and middle school students from Kansas and Missouri to compete in a game show-style competition. The teams answer questions about biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences, mathematics, and computer science. Support for the Science Knowledge Bowl is an important piece of Honeywell’s and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s efforts to promote STEMM education in order to keep America technologically competitive and to fill the pipeline with future employees.


On March 1 & 2, more than 100 Honeywell employees volunteered to support the 2019 Regional Science Bowl competition, volunteering as moderators, timekeepers, and scorekeepers.

Nearly 400 students competed at the event.

2019 Missouri High School Regional Champion: Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis, MO

2019 Kansas High School Regional Champion: Olathe North High School , Olathe, KS

2019 Kansas Middle School Regional Champion: Pleasant Ridge Middle School, Overland Park, KS

Honeywell also supports the national competition held each year in Washington, D.C., in April.

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.

New Mexico Discovery Festival paves the way for post-high school opportunities

Our New Mexico operation’s nearly 300 employees are always passionate about giving back to the Albuquerque community.

2018 Highlights

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The New Mexico operations team organized a Discovery Festival, where over 2700 students learned about available STEMM opportunities after high school. Local professionals, business owners and employees from 48 organizations were excited to share their knowledge and experience. Check out the full report.

The team in Albuquerque also:

  • Raised over $16,000 during the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser.

  • Raised over $4300 during the annual Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

  • Sponsored a STEMM education event that introduced over 2700 local students to STEMM business and job opportunities.

  • Raised over $3400 in gifts, food, toys, cash, and other items for an organization that matches shelter dogs with veterans suffering from the physical and mental impacts of combat.

  • Participated in Walking to Defeat ALS in honor of a former long-time employee who passed away from the disease, raising $5200 at the event in 2018. This activity honors a long-standing annual tradition.

Tech Trek NM

Tech Trek NM is diverse and inclusive and offers a science camp experience to offer New Mexico girls the opportunity to experience STEMM programs. 

Honeywell led a geocoaching session for 65 8th Grade girls, representing 54 schools. Honeywell also was the sponsor of the Women’s Professional Banquet. A Honeywell employee was featured as a panelist at the event.

Space Camp helps educators challenge students

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Twenty-four teachers who attended Space Camp in 2018 are now actively engaging more than 1,000 students in the Kansas City region by implementing what they learned to bring science to life in the classroom.

For example, PREP-KC is convening the teachers who attended Space Camp quarterly to allow them to share how they are implementing what they learned at Space Camp in their classroom. These quarterly meetings also give teachers a chance to brainstorm new ideas together and discuss obstacles and support they need in order to bring their ideas to reality.

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In addition, teachers’ approach in their classroom instruction has shifted from a “lecture and lab style” to a format that is more inquiry-based. This format allows students to pave the way for their own lab work and hands-on learning.

Space Camp teachers are challenging their students in new ways to get them excited about classroom learning.  A few examples include:

  • Students worked in teams on a design challenge to land a satellite on the lunar surface.  Through this classroom activity students learned about topics such as Newton’s Law, acceleration/gravity, measurement, and trajectory.

  • Students designed and built rockets, then launched them to practice skills such as collecting and graphing data, and measuring angles and elevation.

Through these projects and lessons, students are working in teams to come up with innovative solutions, are learning how to apply the standards they are learning in the classroom, and taking the time to reflect on what they learned and what they would do differently in the future.

Teachers shared their feedback, reporting that Space Camp was the best professional development opportunity they have ever been given. Here’s what they’re saying:

  • “Everything we worked on at Space Camp has given me new ideas and a renewed drive to bring hands-on, problem based learning back into the classroom. It reminded me how engaging learning can and should be.” --Samantha Dane, Grandview School District

  • “The teamwork, problem solving and STEMM activities at Space Camp will highly influence the work with all math and science teachers at Arrowhead Middle School in the coming years, creating an impact that will stretch far beyond just the teachers who attended the camp.” -- Cindi Thomas, Kansas City Kansas School District

  • “With the many new ideas and practices I absorbed, as well as collaborative connections with fellow educators, I am more excited than ever to begin school this August. I am excited to work with my fellow teammates, especially with my math teachers, to show a more exciting way of learning for our kids.” -- Molly Backhora, Arrowhead Middle School