Middle school teachers lack exposure to relevant, hands-on engineering and technology-based curriculum and experiences, which result in students’ decreased interest in STEM careers.
We established the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy to engage middle school teachers in STEM. Through this year-long blended learning program we engage teachers in STEM and 21st century workforce skills. The Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy is run in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Created specifically to enhance teachers’ passions for STEM, the program immerses teachers in real-world STEM experiences and provides opportunities for increased awareness of STEM careers and in-demand skills. The program provides Northrop Grumman exposure through a 3-week on-site externship. Additionally, teachers participate year-round in NSTA learning opportunities furthering their professional development.
Open to public middle school teachers throughout the United States and Australia, the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy provides connection between engaging teachers in STEM and how Northrop Grumman uses STEM in real-world global security challenges. Teachers are expected to align their experiences from the program with their classroom lessons or unit plans.
An analysis of pre- and post-program survey data indicates significant changes in attitudes and practices associated with science/STEM teaching efficacy and beliefs, STEM instruction and STEM career awareness.
“This experience will absolutely transform the way I teach. … [it] made me realize that most people do not know enough about the field, let alone the career opportunities. My goal is introducing students to as many STEM professionals and careers as possible.”