ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., July 29, 2010 -- Engineering a piece of paper to fall to the ground at different speeds, hearing from industry experts on pursuing engineering degrees at major universities and learning how to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts into classroom instruction are what 17 local math and science teachers learned recently during Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Teachers and Engineers for Academic Achievement (TEAACH) Internship program.
During the two-day event, teachers were exposed to best practice demonstrations including a tour of the company's infrared countermeasures production and test areas as well as rapid prototype production,in addition to hands-on science-related classroom activities. The group also heard from engineering experts from Northrop Grumman, a defense electronics firm with a major business presence in Rolling Meadows. They provided formal presentations on STEM topics in addition to a keynote address by Jana Sebestik, instructor of mathematics at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
"The TEAACH program allows our engineers to share their enthusiasm about engineering and provide teachers the tools to promote and integrate science and math concepts in their classrooms," said Jeff Palombo, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. "We are committed to supporting diverse and sustainable programs that create innovative educational opportunities while providing local teachers the tools to stimulate students' interest in STEM technologies and careers."
The TEAACH program targets middle-school math and science teachers primarily because the United States is experiencing a shortage of college graduates in these disciplines, a development that bodes ill for the nation's industries that depend on talented engineers, scientists and mathematicians. Because studies have indicated most children make the decision to pursue math and science education and careers during middle-school, Northrop Grumman developed the TEAACH program to engage teachers, key influencers in the lives of students, during these crucial years.
To learn more about Northrop Grumman's TEAACH Program, please visit http://www.es.northropgrumman.com/community/teaach/assets/2010_teaach_il.pdf .
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