Honeywell Hometown Solutions has deployed community initiatives in Baltimore that focus on the company’s pillars of service: Science & Math Education, Housing & Shelter, Family Safety & Security, and Habitat & Conservation. With the collaboration of community groups and partner organizations, we teach middle school students that science can be fun through FMA Live!, our partnership with NASA, and Honeywell SciGirls at the Maryland Science Center. Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy gives teachers in Baltimore the opportunity to apply for scholarships to spend one week at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. We also partner with Rebuilding Together Baltimore to give families warmer and drier homes in the Turner Station community, and support programs that enhance the environment, including the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative and Baltimore Rowing Club.
At the invitation of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD 7th), Honeywell and NASA launched the fall 2007 tour of FMA Live!, our award-winning science concert for more than 3,000 Baltimore City and Baltimore County middle school students at Morgan State University and the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk campus. Named after Sir Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion (force = mass x acceleration), FMA Live! uses professional actors, original songs, music videos and interactive science demonstrations to teach Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and the Universal Law of Gravity.
Honeywell SciGirls Camp at MSC
In partnership with the Maryland Science Center (MSC), we created Honeywell SciGirls Camp at MSC. The year long program is designed and taught by women to inspire middle school girls to learn more about science and start thinking about careers in science and engineering fields. The curriculum is engaging, challenging, and, of course, fun! During 2007 summer camp activities, 44 students from 11 schools were introduced to the fields of space science, earth science and biology through creative, hands-on experiments and scientific discovery. The program will double in size in 2008.
Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy
Baltimore-area teachers receive Honeywell scholarships to spend one week at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as part of Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy. The Space Academy for Educators program provides 40 hours of intensive classroom, laboratory and training time, focusing on space science and space exploration. During the program, teachers participate in astronaut-style training and simulations, along with activities designed to promote lifelong learning in a classroom setting.
Baltimore Rowing Club
Through our partnership with the Baltimore Rowing Club, the Juniors’ program received additional funds, which enabled it to provide more scholarships to Baltimore City youths, buy new equipment and build upon its current success.
In September 2007 and April 2008, approximately 80 volunteers helped Turner Station homeowners on a fixed income stay warm, safe and dry in their homes. The Turner Station project brought volunteers from Honeywell, Rebuilding Together Baltimore, the Derrick Mason Foundation, the Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation and the community together with 400 volunteers from 15 organizations, including St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Turner Station Conservation Team, Sollers Points Technical High School, Dundalk Elementary School, the Greater St. John Baptist Church and carpenters, roofers, plumbers and electricians.
Honeywell’s Adventures in Environmental Leadership: A Living Classrooms Program
Fourth graders from Dundalk Elementary and fourth and fifth graders from Logan Elementary schools are participating in Adventures in Environmental Leadership. This program is part of Living Classrooms Foundation’s acclaimed environmental education program, School Leadership in Urban Runoff Reduction Project (SLURRP).
Students and teachers are exploring Baltimore’s watershed and investigating how their actions on land affect streams, creeks, rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative
Life for fish, crabs, oysters, barnacles and other marine life in the Chesapeake Bay took a big step forward on August 23, 2007. On that day a Honeywell barge deposited more than 1,000 tons of concrete from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into the bay just off Solomons Island to create a new reef, the Cedar Point Fish Haven. The concrete will create a new marine habitat and help revive one of Maryland’s most treasured resources. This marks the third reef created by the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative, which was launched a year ago by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Coastal Conservation Association – Maryland and more than 30 corporations, foundations, conservation groups, outdoor recreational organizations and private individuals. Honeywell was an early supporter of the initiative.