Sally Ride Science and Northrop Grumman Foundation to Advance STEM Education Through Teacher Training

SAN DIEGO--()--Sally Ride Science, a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, continues to boost science teaching and student achievement, this time in Southern California, thanks to support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

“We have seen great success with the many STEM programs we support around the country for middle and high school students and teachers.”

The Sally Ride Science Educator Institute, set for October 13, 2012 at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, will bring together 50 educators and administrators from various districts for a day of professional development. Participating districts include Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Wiseburn, Lawndale, Hermosa Beach, Lennox, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, and Los Angeles Unified.

Participants in the one-day training will learn how to ignite student interest in STEM through engaging techniques that connect standards-based content with current topics, STEM career paths, and examples of diverse scientists working in the field today.

“The benefits of exciting students about science extend far beyond improved test scores,” said Dr. Karen Flammer, co-founder of Sally Ride Science. “We want to help teachers get their students thinking about their futures and the possibilities that exist for them in STEM careers. We’re thrilled to partner with the Northrop Grumman Foundation to empower both teachers and their students.”

Educators will receive professional development credit along with Sally Ride Science Cool Careers in STEM books and other resources that they can immediately incorporate into classroom instruction to enhance learning. Sally Ride Science faculty, comprised of nationally recognized current and former teachers, will lead the training.

Through its partnership with Sally Ride Science, Northrop Grumman Foundation supports Sally Ride Science’s mission to ignite students’ interest in science. “The Northrop Grumman Foundation is committed to providing unique educational experiences related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for students and teachers,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “We have seen great success with the many STEM programs we support around the country for middle and high school students and teachers.”

An additional Sally Ride Science Educator Institute, also sponsored by Northrop Grumman Foundation, was held in Baltimore, Maryland on September 22, 2012.

About Northrop Grumman Foundation

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. For more information, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/foundation.

About Sally Ride Science

Sally Ride Science™ is an innovative science education company dedicated to supporting student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, founded the company with a mission to educate, engage, and inspire all students. Since 2001, thousands of educators across the nation have utilized Sally Ride Science’s standards-based classroom materials, professional development, and cutting-edge classroom programs to bring science to life. For more information, visit www.sallyridescience.com.

Release Summary

At the Sally Ride Science Educator Institute, sponsored by Northrop Grumman Foundation, teachers will learn how to ignite student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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