To help develop tomorrow's technical talent, Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems (ES) sector introduced the TEAACH (Teachers and Engineers for Academic Achievement) internship program several years ago.
For more than two decades, ES employees have taken part in programs to engage young students (K-12) in discussion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines as possible careers. At its simplest, this form of community outreach allows engineers to convey their enthusiasm about engineering provides the students with some exciting and relevant activities and helps promote science and math in our schools.
But forecasts show that our nation faces a critical shortage of engineers that makes it all the more important for communities – educators, parents and legislators – to increase the emphasis on science and math, as a foundation for technology and research affecting both the nation's economy and its security.
It's an important and urgent message that we need to communicate broadly. As a result of mentoring programs like HIP and DiscoverE, Northrop Grumman has received an increasing number of requests from schools to have engineers visit and provide an overview of career options in engineering and technology. One response to this request is the creation of the TEAACH program to partner with teachers to influence an even larger number of students.
- Assist mathematics, science and technology education teachers in integrating engineering concepts and applications into the classroom;
- Acquaint educator-interns with various engineering disciplines in a high tech environment;
- Promote engineering as a challenging, multi-dimensional and exciting career choice;
- Expose teachers to best practice demonstrations, experiments and classroom applications;
- Provide hands-on/shadowing opportunity for real-world engineering application; and
- Encourage networking among teachers and NGES engineers.
To be considered for participation in the TEAACH Program, applicants must be a middle school mathematics, science or technology education teacher or guidance counselor for the year of the program, and must be a U.S. citizen.