· Running successfully in eight cities across India, the program now expands to Noida and Faridabad, cumulatively benefitting more than 135,000 students and 783 teachers
NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh, MARCH 1, 2019 (GPN) : To commemorate National Science Day, Agastya International Foundation (Agastya) and Honeywell India today announced the expansion of the Honeywell Science Experience – an experiential science education program formiddle and high school students and teachers of government schools in Noida and Faridabad.
Since the program’s launch in 2016, Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation (HHSIF), the Company’s not-for-profit entity, has supported 25 science centers, 35 mobile science labs, and 3,000 student mentors, benefiting more than 135,000 students and 783 teachers in Delhi, Gurugram, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Madurai, Mysore, and now Noida and Faridabad.
The program’s uniquely scalable, hands-on teaching/learning method fosters child and teacher participation, encourages curiosity, and boosts experiential science education.
During the program’s expansion event at Rajkiya Balika Inter College, students learned and later explained complex scientific concepts such as reflection and refraction, eclipse, and inertia of motion, through simple experiments.
“Cultivating curiosity for science through innovative, fun, and experiential ways is what we undertook as a cause at Agastya. It was incredible to see the students explaining scientific concepts with clarity and confidence,” said Sai Chandrasekhar, Chief of Operations, Agastya. “Agastya is pleased to partner with Honeywell to make learning accessible to the bright young children from underprivileged communities.”
“Being one of the world’s leading technology companies and a top recruiter of technology talent in India, we understand the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math education and its impact on the global economy,” said Mike Banach, General Manager, Honeywell UOP India. “It is gratifying to see the transformation that the Honeywell Science Experience has enabled among students in previous schools. We are glad to bring this program to students in Noida and Faridabad.”
About Agastya International Foundation (Agastya)
Founded in April 1999, Agastya International Foundation (Agastya) is a charitable education trust that runs one of the world’s largest mobile hands-on science education programs for economically disadvantaged children and teachers. Through all its programs, Agastya has reached more than ten million children and 250,000 teachers in 19 states in India. By making practical, hands-on science education accessible to rural government schools, Agastya aims to transform and stimulate the thinking of underprivileged children and teachers. Agastya is supported by scientists and educators from the Indian Institute of Science, DRDO, and TIFR. The Prime Minister’s National Knowledge Commission has recommended India-wide scale-up of the Agastya model. The Clinton Global Initiative has recognized Agastya for its commitment to action.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation
Honeywell India is committed to improving the world we live in by creating, supporting, and nurturing outstanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and initiatives that make real, sustainable, and measurable impact on communities that Honeywell serves. Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation (HHSIF) is a not-for-profit organization that deploys Honeywell India’s CSR efforts in five critical areas: Science and math education; Family safety and security; Housing and shelter; Sustainability; and Humanitarian relief. Working within the government’s guidelines and the company’s CSR framework, HHSIF builds programs that deliver results it can quantify: one community, one home, one teacher, and one student at a time. To learn more, visit