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Honeywell, Mesa Public Schools Form New Partnership To Advance Stem Education

Honeywell, Mesa Public Schools Form New Partnership To Advance Stem Education

  • K-12 students gain access to Honeywell Aerospace labs, have opportunities to work with engineering mentors

PHOENIX, April 26, 2023 – Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) has forged a new partnership with Mesa Public Schools and launched a workforce and education program to improve STEM education in Arizona. This new partnership strengthens the connection between industry and classroom experiences, curriculum, ​and instruction.

“Honeywell employs more than 100,000 people around the globe working to solve some of the world’s toughest problems, so helping foster the next generation of students’ passion for science, technology, engineering and math has always been very important to us,” said Mike Madsen, Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO. “This new partnership with Mesa Public Schools provides a variety of ways for students to work with our team of Futureshapers, and it gives our employees an opportunity to give back and help inspire careers in STEM.”

“Each day Mesa Public Schools educates over 58,000 students, the workforce of the new economy,” said Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Andi Fourlis. “Our partnership with Honeywell brings industry mentors into our classrooms to provide real-life learning experiences while sharpening skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication. This partnership is a bright spot in our district as it allows students and teachers to get an up-close view of careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”

The partnership features five unique workstreams composed of Mesa Public Schools (MPS) and Honeywell employees, each created to help foster STEM excitement across the community:

  • Parent/Career Seminars provide awareness of industry opportunities to help parents nurture an interest in STEM careers for their children. A speaker’s bureau supports community outreach efforts to provide information and share their experiences in the STEM industry.
  • Thinker Space is a unique, dedicated space at Red Mountain Ranch Elementary built around the idea of design, rapid prototyping and interaction. This multipurpose, interdisciplinary space for grades K-6 can be manipulated to accommodate projects or activities the teachers need to help invoke design thinking. Additional elementary schools will add Thinker Spaces in the future.
  • Project Mentors support students as they engage in capstone projects (at the high school level) that enrich learning and enhance social networks. Honeywell employees assist in the identification, management and scope of capstone projects, and provide feedback and evaluation of near-completed projects prior to presentation.
  • A STEM Advisory Committee helps students have the best possible opportunities to land jobs in STEM-related industries. This group helps identify curriculum alignment opportunities, lead Honeywell involvement in STEM events at the various schools across MPS and provide Honeywell tours for MPS students. Most notably, this team supports all the other workstreams to scale and grow this broader effort to help build community support throughout the feeder pattern of schools. 
  • The Graduation-Plus Model focuses on providing opportunities for all MPS students to build a portfolio of work that ensures they are truly college, career and community ready. This includes summer intern opportunities at Honeywell​.

“Our work with Mesa Public Schools is a powerful example of the impactful partnerships that industry and academia can have to ensure we are supporting our kids today to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” Madsen said. “I strongly encourage other industry partners to work with their local school districts to identify similar partnership opportunities.”


About Honeywell

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights, and safer skies and airports. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

Adam Kress
Director, External Communications