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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

Northrop Grumman Foundation

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.


National Conference on Science Education, Denver 2024

Educators selected for this yearlong program—who will be known as STEM Teacher Fellows—will

  • Attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Denver, including pre-conference workshops (March 20-23, 2024). Conference registration and tickets to the pre-conference workshops are supported by the program. One night of lodging and parking at the convention center are included. Fellows will also attend the special screening of the IMAX movie Deep Sky, and the NSTA Professional Learning Reception;
  • 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.

Applications Are Now Closed


Teachers can apply to become a STEM Teacher Fellow if they are full time teachers at a public school and 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 schools in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Kansas;
  • Have a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience; and
  • Strongly motivated 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.

We will be accepting 50 Middle School and 50 High School teachers. Schools or districts wishing to send 4 or more teachers please contact the program director for coordination, Rob Wallace at

You can find information about your school's demographics filed with the US Dept of Education here.




For additional program information or questions, please contact,
Robert Wallace, Program Director, at



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.


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