CANBERRA, Australia â Nov. 13, 2014 â Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), in partnership with the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), is providing "Science Inquiry in Action" workshops for teachers as part of the "Northrop Grumman Science Teachers Project: supporting STEM educators who make a difference." The first workshop will take place Thursday, Nov. 13 in Wetherill Park, Western Sydney, New South Wales.
These free workshops, to be held in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, will support teachers in disadvantaged areas to engage with ASTA's innovative new directory and advisory service, Science ASSIST: Australian School Science Information Support for Teachers and Technicians. Science ASSIST provides peer-reviewed resources and safety advice for science teachers and laboratory technicians across all of Australia.
'Science Inquiry in Action' workshops provide teachers with the know-how to unpack and use the Connected Learning Experiences (CLEs) available on the Science ASSIST websites. CLEs are ground breaking new teaching packages combining all necessary elements to maximise student learning through single hands-on practical experiences.
Northrop Grumman will provide a highly experienced engineer to each workshop to educate teachers with an applied STEM experience and information on STEM careers.
"Support from companies such as Northrop Grumman is incredibly valuable to associations such as ours," said ASTA chief executive officer Vic Dobos. "The financial and practical support from the Northrop Grumman Science Teachers Project will provide additional opportunities for teachers in disadvantaged Australian areas. Through this program we will be able to grow Australian STEM teachers' practical skills in order to provide the best possible education to the scientists and engineers of the future."
Additionally, Northrop Grumman's sponsorship will provide an opportunity for selected teachers from the workshops to attend the National Science Teachers Summer School (Canberra, January 2015), The American National Science Teachers Association Conference (Chicago, March 2015) and CONASTA 64, the National Science Teachers Conference (Perth, July 2015).
"Northrop Grumman has a strong history of engaging with STEM programs globally, especially with teachers, who are the backbone of the education system and inspire our nation's youth," said Ian Irving, chief executive for Northrop Grumman Australia. "As we continue to grow in Australia, we're delighted to partner with organisations such as ASTA to provide the best possible education, training and tools for Australia's teachers, future innovators, engineers, scientists and technicians."
About the Australian Science Teachers Association
Founded in 1951, the Australian Science Teachers Association is the federation of Science Teachers Associations from all Australian states and territories. It is the national professional association for teachers of science and a powerful voice influencing policy and practice in science education. Please visit www.asta.edu.au for more information.
The National Science Teachers Summer School is a weeklong experience in Canberra for science educators to meet with scientists, visit working laboratories and participate firsthand in some of Australia's leading science institutions activities. Find out more here www.asta.edu.au/programs/nstss
To find out more about CONASTA please visit the website. www.asta.edu.au/conasta
About Science ASSIST
Science ASSIST is a new and innovative national online advisory service for school science educators and technicians. It is freely available to all Australian schools and provides expert, up-to-date information on high-quality teaching and learning resources, an extensive range of educationally sound and safety-compliant practical activities for a hands-on, inquiry based study of science in school science laboratories, classrooms and more. Please visit www.assist.asta.edu.au for more information.
About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
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