This is the fourth year that the Northrop Grumman Foundation has supported Australian students and teachers to participate in the program, which aims to excite and inspire the next generation of Australian space leaders, explorers, scientists, teachers and engineers, by sponsoring two students and one teacher from the Canobolas Rural Technology High School in Orange, NSW and two students and one teacher from Sunshine College, Melbourne to attend Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Centre.
"We are thrilled to be able to support passionate Australian students and teachers in building their skills and interest in space. Northrop Grumman remains committed to empowering the next generation of leaders in STEM who'll go on to contribute to advancements in science technology," said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia.
The Australian participants will join over 150 Northrop Grumman Foundation-sponsored students and teachers to take part in the week-long program starting Saturday, 7 July. Space Camp provides students with real-world opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and their interest in space, in a series of interactive exercises.
Students will have the chance to build and launch rockets, use astronaut-training equipment and conduct a simulated space shuttle mission. Teachers attending Space Camp take part in the Space Academy for Educators, a program that provides them with the tools to enhance how they present STEM concepts in their classrooms.
Australia's participants were presented their official Space Packs in Canberra by Wes Bush, chairman and chief executive, Northrop Grumman yesterday in preparation for their departure for Space Camp.