CANBERRA, Australia – July 25, 2019 – The Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsored eight students and five teachers from Australia to attend Space Camp®, held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The four participating schools were Aviation High School (Brisbane), Palmerston College (Darwin), Seven Hills High School and Elizabeth Macarthur High School (Western Sydney).
A total of 60 teachers and 107 students were sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation at this year’s camp, where students and teachers participated in experiential learning programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Northrop Grumman Foundation has provided students and teachers from across the globe the opportunity to attend Space Camp for 11 years, and this year marks the fifth year the company has sponsored participants from Australia. As a sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation covered all participation and accommodation expenses.
“Inspiring and supporting the next generation of STEM leaders is a priority for Northrop Grumman and Australia,” said Chris Deeble, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. “We are proud to continue to support this life-changing opportunity to send Australians to Space Camp for the fifth consecutive year.”
Space Camp® is a unique week long camp where students experience the future of space exploration and train to solve technically challenging anomalies in order to save their space mission. The goal of Space Camp® is to inspire and motivate the next generation of explorers, scientists, teachers and engineers. The Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsorship provides this once-in-a-lifetime experience to participants and aims at inspiring them to dream big.
The teacher’s participate in Space Academy for Educators®, a program that creates an immersive learning environment where they learn new ways to present concepts in their classrooms. The goal for the teacher’s is to enhance the quality of instruction in the nation’s classroom by improving the way they present STEM concepts. Additional information about Space Camp® can be found at http://www.spacecamp.com/.
Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are dedicated to expanding and enhancing sustainable science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities for students globally. With an emphasis on middle school and university level students, our engineering and technology-based partnerships are designed to excite, engage and educate students as they defend cyber networks, engineer autonomous vehicles, explore space and more. In addition, we provide workforce-relevant professional development to middle school educators to advance their competence in teaching STEM subjects, in turn, inspiring students to explore STEM careers and increasing their STEM skills proficiency. In 2018, we contributed nearly 20 million dollars towards these initiatives.
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