Joe Griffith, Honey Creek’s middle school Social Studies instructor, has been recognized for his work on Homelessness and Microeconomics with an Education Excellence Award, given by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and SET SEG School Insurance Specialists. The Education Excellence Award recognizes original, innovative programs that positively affect student achievement. Homelessness and Microeconomics aims to raise awareness, challenge students’ views on society, alleviate stereotypes and provide an opportunity for students to participate in activities that help to better the community.
Honey Creek elementary and middle school students have taken part in both the country’s largest Science Olympiad and in NASA’s Space Settlement Contest.
Twenty-four Honey Creek students, from grades 2 – 5, created 15 teams to participate in the 2012 Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO). This was Honey Creek’s second season participating in WESO. This year, 25 schools and 1,621 students from across Washtenaw County were a part of the Olympiad. Two Honey Creek student teams won medals: 2nd grade “Sink or Float,” and 3td grade “Rock Hunters.”
The Phoenix Eclipse Space Settlement, created by a team of Honey Creek middle school students, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the NASA Ames Research Center and National Space Society’s annual Space Settlement Design Contest. This year, NASA and the NSS received 474 submissions from students in 19 countries. Following the award, the Honey Creek team traveled to Washington, D.C., to informally present their proposal at the International Space Development Conference.