Northrop Grumman, a global defense company, and Scholastic, a global children's publishing, education and media company, are providing a free science and math program for middle and high school teachers nationwide to teach core skills and encourage greater understanding of how to apply them in the real world.The program, "Mission: Define Your Future," is being distributed to more than 9,000 classrooms, bringing technical education and math and science lessons and activities to students in grades 6-12. Developed as part of a two-year collaboration between Northrop Grumman and Scholastic, the program highlights the real-world applications of science and technology from various engineering and science disciplines including space science, submarine engineering and geolocation technology to showcase the importance of technical education and to make it more appealing to middle and high school students. The teaching materials are designed to sharpen students' research, problem solving and scientific inquiry skills. Lessons in the program meet national standards and benchmarks for science, math, technology, and language.
"The collaboration between Northrop Grumman and Scholastic supports our efforts to develop America's next generation of scientists, engineers and computer scientists," said Sandra Evers-Manly, President, Northrop Grumman Foundation. "The lessons are both fun and challenging and will spur students' interest in math and science."
"Scholastic is proud to be involved in the `Mission: Define Your Future' program and to have contributed to the development of important materials that bring real world concepts about math and science into the classroom," said Shelley White, editorial director of Scholastic. "We hope the program will engage students and spark discussion about math and science to help students realize the career potential of these fields."
The "Mission: Define Your Future" educational program includes: detailed lessons for teachers on technology and science, reproducibles that allow students to explore math and science through word problems, a classroom poster designed to promote critical thinking, and student magazines that profile young engineers and provide resources for further research in these fields.