AMSTI learned today that the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced that Tina McKenzie, an AMSTI-certified teacher at Endeavor Elementary School in Harvest, Alabama was chosen to participate as a Teacher Fellow in the 2016-2017 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. The only teacher selected from Alabama, McKenzie will participate with 24 other educators in a number of science, engineering, and technology-related activities and professional learning opportunities.
The Teacher Fellows were selected on the basis of several criteria, including displaying a strong desire to advance STEM education and applying real-world applications in the classroom. During their fellowship, recipients will:
- Participate in a five-day workshop at a Northrop Grumman facility during the summer of 2017, where they will discuss teaching strategies for integrating effective and authentic engineering design practices in their classroom;
- Attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles, March 30-April 2, 2017, where they will engage in the latest instructional practices related to the Next Generation Science Standards;
- Participate in an immersive, 80-hour externship at a local Northrop Grumman facility where they will be partnered with an engineer/technologist to observe and experience critical workforce skills in action;
- Develop lesson(s)/units that integrate an authentic and real-world application linked to their externship experiences; and
- Develop tools/resources to share with colleagues to help build capacity for engineering and technology instruction within their schools and districts.