The Northrop Grumman Foundation announced that it is sponsoring two students and one teacher from The Canobolas Rural Technology High School in Orange and two students and one teacher from Sunshine College, in Melbourne, to attend Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
This is the fourth year the Northrop Grumman Foundation has supported Australian students and teachers to participate in the program, which aims to excite and inspire the next generation of space leaders, explorers, scientists, teachers and engineers.
“We are thrilled to be able to support passionate Australian students and teachers in building their skills and interest in space,” Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia said. “Northrop Grumman remains committed to empowering the next generation of leaders in STEM who’ll go on to contribute to advancements in science and technology, vital to Australia’s future prosperity and security.”
Wes Bush, chairman and chief executive officer, Northrop Grumman, presented the Space Camp participants with their official “Space Packs” in Canberra last week.
The participants will join over 150 Northrop Grumman Foundation-sponsored students and teachers to take part in the week-long program starting July 7.
(L-R) Northrop Grumman Australia Chief Executive Ian Irving, The Canobolas Rural Technology High School teacher Matt Scott and students Ella Draper and Mark Selmes, Northrop Grumman chairman and CEO Wes Bush, Sunshine College students Miette Petrarca and Talita Tran and teacher George Hatzikostas, and Northrop GrummancChief Global Business Development officer Dave Perry.
Credit: Northrop Grumman
Space Camp provides students with real-world opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in STEM, and their interest in space, in a series of interactive exercises. Students will have the chance to build and launch rockets, use astronaut-training equipment and conduct a simulated space shuttle mission.
Teachers attending Space Camp take part in the Space Academy for Educators, a program that provides them with the tools to enhance how they present STEM concepts in their classrooms.
2018 is the 10th year the Northrop Grumman Foundation has sponsored the Space Camp program.