Pune, Sep, 27 , 2016: Tejashree Patil, a teacher from Vidya Valley School, Pune, was the only Indian participant among50 middle-school teachers from 13 countries who won a chance to attend the eighth edition of Green Boot Camp in San Diego, California, USA. Sponsored by Honeywell (NYSE: HON),Green Boot Camp, is an annual interactive sustainability workshop that provides educators with the information, experience and resources to bring lessons on energy efficiency, sustainability and the environment back to their classrooms. The four-day-long workshop is part of Honeywell’s commitment to supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education worldwide.
“Honeywell’s Green Boot Camp is an exceptional platform of experiential learning,which helped us learn and adopt key lessons on environment and sustainability” said Tejashree Patil. “I am confident of being able toapply these lessons to better educate students on important facets of energy conservation and inculcate the need for environment protection at the same time,” she added.
The workshop commenced with a full day session at the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Energy Innovation Centerprovidinghands-on learning on topics includingrenewable energy technologies, green building materials, and environmental learning as well as leadership insights from energy experts.
“Sustainability education offers an opportunity for educators to not only share insights in the classroom, but to inspire students to take those principles out into the real world and affect change,” said John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “Honeywell Green Boot Camp arms teachers with the latest practices in renewable energy and technology innovations, so they can prepare students for the green jobs of the future.”
The workshop curriculum included expert-led activities such as designing and building solar houses, using watt meters to measure energy use and identify potential “energy vampires,” as well as collecting and analyzing water samples. During the workshop teachers had built rain barrels at Escondido City Hall to donate to city’s fire department, renovate the nearby Escondido’s pocket park, and assemble compost boxes. Following the activities, teachers assembled to discuss how to apply the ideas and learning in their classrooms and within their respective subject areas.
Now in its eighth year, Green Boot Camp is made possible by a grant from Honeywell Hometown Solutions, Honeywell’s corporate citizenship initiative that focuses on five areas of vital importance to communities around the world: science and math education; sustainability; family safety and security; housing and shelter; and humanitarian relief. In addition to Tejashree, Honeywell had a chance to extend a warm welcome to educators from the U.S., Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Romania, United Kingdom, Australia and the Philippines.
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