Bill Blythe, science coordinator at McCleskey Middle School, will participate in the Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flights of Discovery program on October 7. The goal of the program is to inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers – critical areas where the U.S. has fallen behind globally.
Blythe is one of 60 teachers chosen from more than 100 applicants from across the state. He attended an August 21 workshop held in Atlanta, where he and his colleagues learned about science and engineering concepts, zero gravity environments, and science and math curriculum development.
The Georgia flights will take off from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport on October 7.
Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flights of Discovery is an innovative hands-on training program that gives teachers an ‘out-of-this-world’ experience as a way to help them inspire their students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Area teachers prepared for the zero-gravity flights this summer by attending workshops and designing experiments to execute while in zero-gravity in order to test Newton’s Laws of Motion. Following the flights, the teachers will bring their in-flight experiences, enthusiasm and videotaped experiments into the classroom, where they will be integrated into lesson plans.