To help develop tomorrow’s technical talent, Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems (MS) sector, introduced the TEAACH (Teachers and Engineers for Academic Achievement) program in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education since 2004. The Rolling
Meadows, Illinois facility has offered TEAACH since 2009.
For more than two decades, MS 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. TEAACH and other Northrop Grumman community outreach programs, such as HIP and Discover Northrop Grumman, allow engineers to convey enthusiasm about their discipline. These programs also provide teachers with some exciting and relevant activities that promote science and math in our schools.
Forecasts show that our nation faces a critical shortage of engineers, and 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 Discover Northrop Grumman, 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 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
- Encourage networking among teachers and Northrop Grumman 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 2015-2016 school year and able to secure a Department of Defense Clearance (must be a U.S. citizen to qualify). TEAACH is a two-day in-service conference at the Rolling Meadows campus.