Community in South Korea

Korea Community and Stem 
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Community and STEM Education

The Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsors scholarships for middle school students and teachers from South Korea to attend Space Camp® at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center® (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. While at camp, students participate in activities such as building and launching rockets, experiencing astronaut-training simulators and simulating space shuttle missions. Science teachers attend the Space Academy for Educators®, a program designed to provide educators tools to enhance how they use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts in their classrooms.

Last year, Northrop Grumman highlighted NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program to audiences around South Korea in a series of lectures and special screenings of the documentary film Into the Unknown. The film, developed by the Northrop Grumman Foundation as a resource for teachers, students, and science enthusiasts, shares the story of the building of NASA’s JWST, the revolutionary scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The tour consisted of a number of events at schools, universities and museums.

The company also showed its support for global STEM education by sponsoring the 2016 Maritime RobotX Challenge. Bringing together 13 teams of university students from five countries (Republic of Korea, U.S., Singapore, Japan and Australia), RobotX challenged each team to develop and test a highly-capable autonomous surface vessel. Two Northrop Grumman engineers helped advise the Seoul National University team during the development of their autonomous maritime system.

Northrop Grumman is also a supporter of the Annual Space Challenge—a program organized by the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF)— that brings together thousands of South Korean students. The Challenge began in 1979, and has evolved over the years to engage and build interest in STEM fields and careers among elementary through high school students.

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