Press Release

Teachers of the Year from Across the Country to Defy Gravity as Part of Weightless Training Program to Spur Math, Science Education

By SpaceRef Editor
July 25, 2006
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Workshops, Zero-Gravity Flight Experiences Will Help Teachers Connect Math, Science Curricula to Human Space Exploration and Inspire More Students to Pursue Careers in Science

What: The Northrop Grumman Weightless Flights of Discovery – a first-of-its-kind teacher training program, provides educators with first-hand knowledge and experience in the application of math, science and engineering principles aboard microgravity flights. Multi-city program will give teachers the tools and training to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists, engineers and space explorers.

Who: 2006 Teachers of the Year from nearly all states and five U.S. territories, along with distinguished teachers from 24 countries, and several Alabama teachers affected by Hurricane Katrina.

When: Friday, July 28

Experiment Design Workshops                8:30a.m. - 10:30a.m.
                                          11:30a.m. -  1:30p.m.
Press Conference                           2:00p.m. -  2:45p.m.
Mission (Pre-Flight) Briefing              3:00p.m. -  4:15p.m.
Weightless Flight Take-Off (photo op)      5:30p.m. (approx.)
Weightless Flight Returns (photo op)       7:00p.m. (approx.)

Additional weightless flights scheduled on Saturday, July 29

Where: U.S. Space & Rocket Center Educator Training Facility Huntsville, Alabama

Note to Editors: Interviews with teachers and Northrop Grumman executives will be arranged on-site on an as-requested basis.

To be placed on standby for a seat on one of the teacher flights, confirm attendance of the event, or for more information, contact Jennifer Herrera, M. Silver Associates Inc., (954) 765-3636.


For Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles
M. Silver Associates Inc.
Rosalie Huerta Hagel, 954-765-3636 (office) or
305-458-4823 (cell)


Brooks McKinney, 310-331-6610 (office) or
310-864-3785 (cell)

SpaceRef staff editor.