Teacher Brian become the student again

Brian Gilmour at Honeywell Green Boot Camp
Brian Gilmour at Honeywell Green Boot Camp

A Bothwellpark School teacher has been in America to bring lessons about sustainability and environment back to his Motherwell classroom.

Brian Gilmour was one of 70 teachers from 12 countries who flew to San Diego to participate in the Honeywell Green Boot Camp.

This is an annual workshop that turns educators into students, giving them the information, experience and resources to bring lessons on sustainability and the environment back to their classrooms.

Stephen Fowler, campus director for Honeywell in Newhouse, said: “Teachers lay the groundwork for and provide inspiration to the next wave of scientists, engineers and innovators.

“Green Boot Camp gives educators from across the globe the ideas and tools to help today’s students contribute to a more sustainable and energy-conscious future.”

The workshop curriculum included tutorials on a range of topics — from solar cars to water conservation.

In addition, each subject was paired with expert-led activities to demonstrate these concepts in action.

Following the hands-on exercises, teachers convene to discuss how to apply the ideas in their classrooms and within their respective subject areas.

Now in its sixth year, Green Boot Camp is made possible by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative.

Brian said: “As an educator, I’m always looking for development opportunities to advance my knowledge around environmental topics.

“It’s my professional obligation to continuously grow, and Honeywell’s Green Boot Camp provides an ideal forum to learn and collaborate with my peers.

“I can’t wait to bring these lessons back to my students. These programmes are not only informative, but fascinating and fun, and help me inspire my students.”