Twelve children of Honeywell employees working at the Kansas City National Security Campus were among a group of international students chosen to attend the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA) this year.
They have now made friends with other high school students from all over the world.
Held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the program engages students in team-building challenges such as building their own rockets and participating in simulated astronaut training, shuttle missions and a moon walk. Students
also meet scientists, engineers and former astronauts, who help reinforce core leadership competencies and share their first-hand experience.
"We have been doing this close to a decade," says Myra Everette, community outreach coordinator. "The students have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet engineers, scientists and students from all over the world while learning about science and technology."
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). The program is designed to build
students' leadership skills and develop their capabilities through hands-on challenges.