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Northrop Grumman and ASTA: Unleashing Aussie teachers on the world!

Posted 23 February 2015 by System Administrator (Latest News)

23 February 2015

As part of the ‘Northrop Grumman Science Teachers Project: supporting STEM educators who make a difference’ - a partnership between Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) - a delegation of teachers will be leaving the warm summer temperatures here in Australia and heading to the sub zero temperatures of Chicago USA.

ASTA is delighted to announce the second round of scholarships that will send Simon Di Giacomo from Townsville, QLD and Ashley Mulcahy from Glenwood, NSW to The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Chicago, USA this March. The conference is one of the largest science educator conferences in the world with over 200 exhibitors, a host of featured speakers and workshop sessions to cover all teaching strands.  There will also be the opportunity to participate in educational trips to discover what Chicago has to offer like the connecting with the researchers at Shedd Aquarium and the behind the scenes tour at the Brookfield Zoo. Over 10,000 delegates are expected to attend the 4-day conference.

“Being selected to be a part of the NSTA experience means that I am able to further broaden my teaching skillset. Through various ASTA conferences I have developed my confidence…as an educator, incorporating Nation-wide perspectives into my classroom. The cache of skills that I will bring home from this experience will add an extra dimension to my professional practice.” Ashley had to say of this opportunity.

“The scholarship provides a rare opportunity to share and develop my skills as a Science Teacher amongst an international community. Collaboration is the key to success in the education game!” said Simon.

Both Simon and Ashley were selected for this experience after attending a series of highly successful professional development workshops that NGC and ASTA delivered at the end of 2014. The workshops were delivered to science teachers teaching in areas of disadvantage and introduced teachers to Science ASSIST a directory of peer-reviewed resources and an online advisory service and Connected Learning Experiences, new innovative teaching packages (available later in 2015 on

“This experience is a potential game changer for these passionate early career teachers” said ASTA CEO Victor Dobos “It will feed their passion for science teaching and expose them to like minded educators from across the globe which a very unique opportunity.”
Victor Dobos and Sarah Chapman, 2013 Prime Minister’s award winner, will accompany Ashley and Simon on the trip. All members of the team are currently preparing new wardrobes for what promises to be very exotic weather.

For more about the how the teachers were selected for this experience and previous scholarships please see our previous media releases for more information:

About Science ASSIST

Science ASSIST is a new and innovative national online advisory service for school science educators and technicians. It is freely available to all Australian schools and provides expert, up-to-date information on high-quality teaching and learning resources, an extensive range of educationally sound and safety-compliant practical activities for a hands-on, inquiry based study of science in school science laboratories, classrooms and more. Please visit for more information.

About the Australian Science Teachers Association

Founded in 1951, the Australian Science Teachers Association is the federation of Science Teachers Associations from all Australian states and territories. It is the national professional association for teachers of science and a powerful voice influencing policy and practice in science education. Please visit for more information.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.


CONASTA 64 is the 64th national science teachers’ conference in Australia. In 2015 it will be held in Perth. Please visit the website for more details, bookings open in early February

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Shannan Langford Salisbury
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