ECO Classroom, the product of a $2 million investment by global security company Northrop Grumman in partnership with leading green group Conservation International, aims to strengthen STEM education in the U.S. by providing science teachers with a rich field experience. Through an application process, 16 middle and high school teachers will be selected to travel to La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica in July for an intensive two-week field study.
ECO Classroom aims to immerse teachers in data collection processes, train them in advanced field technology, and ultimately guide them in the creation of a research project that they can replicate in their own schools.
Northrop Grumman president and CEO Wes Bush said that the program was conceived in anticipation of talent shortages down the line. “This is a longer-term effort to develop the talent for the future,” he said. “We have to be thoughtful about where we see the industry going.”