Scaling Up for STEM Initiative
Sponsored by: The Northrop Grumman Foundation
“Our vision for STEM education is that every student experiences the joy and wonder of science, learns how STEM can be used to solve local and global problems, sees the pathways they can take into STEM-related careers, and feels welcomed and valued in classrooms.”
Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2021, Washington, DC
About The Scaling Up For STEM Initiative
The Scaling Up for STEM Initiative, sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, provides middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) teachers with a yearlong immersive professional learning experience designed to enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, technology, and engineering; and increase STEM career exposure while boosting teacher understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce. The program provides a tailored approach to support teachers’ efforts to create an equitable learning environment that increases student interest, participation, and academic success in STEM education.
Educators selected for this yearlong program—who will be known as STEM Teacher Fellows—will
- Attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Atlanta, including pre-conference workshops (March 22-25, 2023). Conference registration and tickets to the pre-conference workshops are supported by the program (travel and lodging expenses are not included);
- Engage in online professional learning via a comprehensive NSTA membership package, which will include a variety of web-based professional learning experiences to explore high-quality equitable student learning, STEM careers, and workforce skills utilized by Northrop Grumman scientists, engineers, and technologists;
- Develop lessons, units, and/or projects that integrate real-world applications with an emphasis on STEM career awareness and workforce skills based on program experiences; and
- Assist district administration in building capacity by leading discussions, teacher work groups, and/or professional learning to share their program experiences with colleagues.
Teachers can apply to become a STEM Teacher Fellow if they
- Are currently full-time middle school (grades 6–8) or high school (grades 9-12) science, engineering, technology, and/or career and technical education classroom teachers,
- Located in public school districts in the following states: Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida (must be teaching through the duration of the program);
- Have a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience; and
- Have a strong desire to advance their district’s STEM education in support of the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards by applying real-world applications in the classroom.
About the Sponsoring Organization
Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are dedicated to expanding and enhancing sustainable science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities for students globally. With an emphasis on middle school and university level students, our engineering and technology-based partnerships are designed to excite, engage and educate students as they defend cyber networks, engineer autonomous vehicles, explore space and more. In addition, we provide workforce-relevant professional development to middle school educators to advance their competence in teaching STEM subjects, in turn, inspiring students to explore STEM careers and increasing their STEM skills proficiency.