August 3, 2015 – Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsored scholarships for middle school students and teachers from across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia who attended Space Camp July 26-31 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. This is the seventh year that the Northrop Grumman Foundation has funded Space Camp scholarships and the first year Northrop Grumman Foundation has sponsored students and teachers from Australia.
“We are very excited to continue our involvement with Space Camp, to increase the number of students and teachers we are sponsoring, and to add participants from Australia and attendees recommended by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “Space Camp is a fantastic experience for students who want to explore the wonders of space and for teachers who want to expand their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) tools.”
This year Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsored 80 students and 48 teachers. Horace Mann Middle School in Colorado Springs and South Middle School in Aurora each had one teacher and one student selected for sponsorship. Additionally, one student from Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette was sponsored.
The sponsorship is part of the Northrop Grumman Foundation’s K-12 Initiative, which aims to advance excellence in STEM education by encouraging and supporting students and teachers from elementary school through high school.
Students participated in activities such as building and launching rockets, experiencing astronaut-training simulators and simulating space shuttle missions. Their science teachers attended the Space Academy for Educators, a program designed to provide teachers the tools to enhance how they use STEM concepts in their classrooms.
The USSRC Space Camp is the premier provider of authentic, inspiring and entertaining educational experiences in space science and aviation. The Space Academy for Educators amplifies that mission by using the excitement of the program to create an immersive learning environment where teachers learn new ways to present concepts in their classrooms effectively.
Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. They provide funding to STEM programs that span from preschool to high school and through collegiate levels, with a major emphasis on middle school students and teachers. Northrop Grumman employees actively volunteer in support of many STEM organizations in their communities and internationally. In 2014, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation continued outreach efforts by contributing millions of dollars to diverse STEM-related groups such as the Air Force Association (CyberPatriot), Conservation International (ECO Classroom), the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics) and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.