Honeywell Funding Sullenberger Aviation Museum’s STEM Programming for Charlotte-Area Students


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Jessica Mallicote
VP of Advancement and Marketing
Sullenberger Aviation Museum
704.997.3770 ext. 3787

Charlotte, NC—Honeywell and Sullenberger Aviation Museum (CAM) have teamed up to provide free science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming to schools and community centers across the Charlotte region. This four-month old partnership to create a “museum without walls” has already served more than 7,000 students, primarily in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

“As Charlotte and the surrounding region increasingly develop as an important hub for aviation/aerospace and other STEM based industries, Sullenberger Aviation Museum sees itself as a vital connector for today’s students to tomorrow’s tech-based workforce,” said SAM President Stephen Saucier. “The very fact that Honeywell chose to move their headquarters to our city is a great testament to the fact that STEM careers, particularly in the Charlotte region, are on the rise. With this incredible support from Honeywell, our STEM education programs can reach more students and provide more opportunities for hands-on STEM learning that connect to career pathways.”

“Honeywell products and services are found on virtually every aircraft in the world, so partnering with Sullenberger Aviation Museum to drive deeper STEM immersion among Charlotte’s youth was a natural fit,” said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Darius Adamczyk. “We are looking to expose Charlotte area students to fundamental concepts in flight to help spark their interest in pursuing STEM careers.”

The partnership will be officially announced at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 14, at Coulwood STEM Academy (500 Kentberry Drive, Charlotte, NC 28214) where 6 th through 8 th graders will participate in a “How Things Fly” program, one of several SAM educational program offerings presented by Honeywell. During the program, students will learn the principles of flight; engage in hands-on demonstrations of the concepts of thrust, lift, weight, and drag; participate in dynamic demonstrations and experiments; and fly model aircraft, including drones.

“For several years, our school has enlisted Sullenberger Aviation Museum to deliver STEM programming and field trips that have served as a terrific complement to classroom curriculum,” said Coulwood STEM Academy teacher Don Robbins. “The Museum’s educational programs have allowed our school to expose many of our students, especially young ladies who may not otherwise have had the opportunity, to engage in many experiences that show them a wide range of career opportunities in aviation and other tech fields. We’re thrilled that Honeywell is collaborating with SAM to support our students with these educational experiences that promote workforce development and economic mobility in our region.”

Other available program offerings presented through the partnership include:

  • Safety and Survival for grades 3-12, where students will participate in hands-on activities that demonstrate the process behind aviation safety tools and introduce participants to the real people whose jobs are to keep aviation the safest form of travel.
  • Little Aviators, a program for pre-K students ages 3-5 and their caregivers that presents literacy and STEM skills through play, stories, and crafts.
  • Adventures in Aerodynamics for grades 6-12, which engages students by giving them the opportunity to design their own aircraft and test their design using recording devices and interactive models and implementing data analysis tools to identify areas for design improvement.

SAM programs can be modified for large or small groups and are offered at no cost. To inquire about scheduling a program, contact Molly Kinyon, Programs and Volunteer Coordinator, at 704.997.3770 (ext. 3782) or

The support from Honeywell is providing SAM with resources to design and deliver community outreach programs and continue serving the region while it develops a new museum facility. SAM features a unique collection of commercial, civil, and military aircraft that demonstrates the rich history of aviation in the Carolinas.

Founded in 1992 in an effort to preserve the original Charlotte Douglas Airport hangar, SAM has evolved over the years into an important educational resource and tourism destination that served over 72,000 visitors in 2019. Previously located on Charlotte Douglas International Airport property at 4672 First Flight Drive, the museum closed to the public in July 2019.

SAM leadership is currently working with the City of Charlotte and Charlotte Douglas International Airport to develop plans for a state-of-the-art new facility in Charlotte with plans to open in 2023.

Honeywell announced in late 2018 that Charlotte would become its new corporate headquarters and the headquarters of its Safety and Productivity Solutions segment. Approximately 350 employees are currently working for the company in temporary office space in Uptown. Construction on Honeywell’s new headquarters tower in Uptown is underway and expected to be completed in 2021.

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