"The partnership between Honeywell and Audubon is extremely important to get more local kids focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Neil Murphy, president of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Cornelius. "The more student interest we have now, the better our ecosystems will be in the future. Honeywell should be lauded for their efforts with Audubon."
Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe stressed the importance of creating enthusiasm for science among local students.
"Honeywell Summer Science Week at the MOST would benefit greatly from inspiring science teachers who get students excited and engaged in science," said Dr. Peter Plumley, director of Summer Science Week and MOST Exhibits Project Manager. "There is a definite synergy between our work with Honeywell at the MOST and Audubon's partnership through Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education."
Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education will offer hands-on lessons and inquiry-based techniques for students to learn about habitats and ecosystems, water quality, birds, native plants and sustainability. The program, which is designed to enhance student achievement in science and math, is aligned with the current New York State curriculum and is adaptable to classrooms.
Onondaga County Legislator Jim Corbett talked with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Kenneth Lynch about habitat progress in and around Onondaga Lake.
Applications and eligibility criteria for Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education will be available to middle school science teachers beginning February 2010.
The program includes a five-day August workshop with lessons that support New York State curriculum in math and science. Full scholarships as well as classroom support will be available. Participating teachers will gain new enthusiasm for both environmental and science education.
The instructors' interest will carry through to the classroom, enhancing students' awareness and encouraging them to pursue careers in science, engineering and environmental studies.