Photo Release -- Castlewood, Va. Student and Teacher Blast Off for Space Camp(r)
Northrop Grumman Foundation Encourages Future Scientists Through Space Camp(r) Sponsorship
RESTON, Va. - August 4, 2009 - The Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsored a student and teacher from Castlewood, Va. to attend Space Camp(r) at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Ala.
A photo accompanying this release is available at http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/.
The sponsorship was part of Northrop Grumman's K-12 initiative, which aims to advance the United States' excellence in math, science and engineering by encouraging instruction from elementary school through high school. Nationally, Northrop Grumman sponsored 48 students and 16 teachers at the July 13-17 Space Camp(r).
Space camper Tyler Carter will enter the 8th grade at Castlewood Elementary School in the fall. He spent six nights at Space Camp(r) participating in activities such as rocket building and launching, experiencing weightlessness in an astronaut-training simulator and simulating shuttle mission preparation.
Pat Huff, 6th and 7th grade science, technology, engineering and math instructor at Castlewood Elementary, accompanied Carter to Huntsville to attend the Space Academy for Educators.
"Space Camp was an invaluable learning experience," Huff said. "Northrop Grumman has done many good things in our community, and we greatly appreciated this opportunity."
Huff will share projects and ideas that she took away from Space Camp(r) with her peers so they can further inspire students to pursue education and careers in the fields of science and technology.
"Space Camp(r) engages students and educators in a hands-on learning environment that inspires new methods of learning and instruction," said Tom Shelman, vice president and general manager, Civil Systems Division, at Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. "The experience inspires young people to become interested in math and science, and gives educators the tools to motivate future generations in the classroom."
The USSRC Space Camp(r) 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.
Sponsored students were chosen based on their potential to become high achievers in the fields of math and science, when provided with the right motivation. Additional information about this year's Space Camp(r) can be found at http://www.spacecamp.com/.
The Northrop Grumman Foundation supports diverse and sustainable programs for students and teachers. These programs create innovative education experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
CONTACT: Christy Whitman Northrop Grumman Information Systems (571) 213-5302 firstname.lastname@example.org