July 18, 2016 – The Northrop Grumman Foundation has sponsored scholarships for middle school students and teachers from across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia to attend Space Camp July 24-29 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center® (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. This is the eighth year that the Northrop Grumman Foundation has funded Space Camp scholarships.
“We are very excited to continue our involvement with Space Camp® and once again welcome students from Australia and the United Kingdom,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president, Northrop Grumman Foundation. “Space Camp is a launching pad for innovators and pioneers and 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 mathematics (STEM) tools.”
This year Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsored 80 students and 48 teachers, including 2 students and 2 teachers from Colorado schools.
Students will participate in activities such as building and launching rockets, experiencing astronaut-training simulators and simulating space shuttle missions. Their science teachers will attend the Space Academy for Educators®, a program designed to provide teachers the tools to enhance how they use STEM concepts in their classrooms.
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.
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.