In early 2006, Northrop Grumman Corporation and ZERO-G embarked on the Northrop Grumman Weightless Flights of Discovery. This bold, high profile education program provided workshops and parabolic flights for the purpose of inspiring teachers and educating their students. In that first year, nearly 250 teachers from 49 states and 22 countries received cutting edge and inspiring training that they transferred to an estimated 10,000 students. The Northrop Grumman Foundation assumed the program in 2007 and expanded its reach to include an additional 450 math and science teachers in eight U.S. cities.
As of 2011, having completed its sixth and final year, the Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Weightless Flights of Discovery program boasts more than 1,300 teacher graduates representing every state in the nation. According to annual summative evaluations, teachers continue to use classroom guidebooks along with pictures and videos acquired through their experience as part of their curriculum. The Weightless Flights program graduates have already educated more than 1.5 million students using these incredible resources…with no end in sight.
Through the Weightless Flights of Discovery Program, the Northrop Grumman Foundation along with ZERO-G made critical strides in advancing U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.