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Applications Open for Australian Fellows for Expedition: PlasticSeas

Northrop Grumman Foundation and EarthEcho International Invite Australian Teachers to Examine Impacts of Plastic Pollution in Port Phillip Bay

MELBOURNE, Australia – June 22, 2018 – The Northrop Grumman Foundation and EarthEcho International are seeking classroom teachers (years 6-8) based in Melbourne, Australia, to take a deep dive into plastics pollution in Port Phillip Bay. Teachers will join EarthEcho founder Philippe Cousteau—grandson of the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau—and local experts on EarthEcho Expedition: PlasticSeas, a unique opportunity that leverages exploration, innovation and engineering to involve teachers and students in developing solutions to plastics pollution. Selected teachers will join an international learning community as they learn about cutting-edge research.

Through the support of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, EarthEcho has reopened the application process to accept 10 additional teachers from the Melbourne area. Fellows must be available to join the Expedition from Oct. 1-5, 2018. Applications close on June 29, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). For more information, visit

“EarthEcho Expeditions provide educators with a firsthand opportunity to experience environmental issues and meet the people who are developing solutions to solve them. Our focus with each expedition is to create place-based educational experiences that can be accessed globally through the work of our participating teachers,” said Philippe Cousteau. “Australia is home to some of our most important and endangered natural wonders. We are excited to partner with the Northrop Grumman Foundation on this year’s EarthEcho Expedition to examine ways to protect these treasures and the people and communities who depend on them.”  

“Northrop Grumman is thrilled to continue our support of EarthEcho International for a second year,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman vice president of global corporate responsibility. “We look forward to working with educators in Australia to spark enthusiasm in science and the environment in their students.”   

EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. Established by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandfather legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, our mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future. EarthEcho’s programs are developed for and by youth and the educators and community leaders that support them. All of our resources are designed to equip new generations of trailblazers and problem solvers to identify and tackle environmental challenges in their own communities and beyond. For more information about EarthEcho International,  

Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. They provide funding to sustainable STEM programs that span from preschool to high school and through collegiate levels, with a major emphasis on middle school students and teachers. In 2017, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation continued outreach efforts by contributing over $20.4 million to diverse STEM-related groups such as AFA and CyberPatriot, the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics), National Science Teachers Association, Great Minds in STEM (Viva Technology) and EarthEcho International’s Expeditions

Interested teachers can find more information on how to apply here. The application deadline is June 29, 2018, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline. 

Apply today!