Northrop Grumman Hosts Engineering Student Day in Sunnyvale

Northrop Grumman hosted the second annual Engineering Student Day for more than 50 high school students. Students learned about the history of the Marine Systems business unit and toured company labs where missile launch, propulsion and power generation systems for naval submarines and surface ships are manufactured and tested.

Additionally, students split into teams to participate in an interactive Operation Catapult project that showcased the various engineering roles involved in product development — from systems engineering and design to analysis, manufacturing and testing. The goal was to design and build a catapult that would launch a rubber ball as far as possible using materials such as tongue depressors, rubber bands, tape, push pins and paper cups.

“Northrop Grumman is strongly committed to STEM education,” said Karen Campbell, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Marine Systems business unit. “This event familiarizes students with the breadth of possibilities that engineering offers, and helps inspire young people to consider engineering as a career.”

Student participants came from three local programs: Stanford University’s LEAD Computer Science Institute program, which introduces students to computer programming; the Hidden Genius Project, which provides mentoring and career development for African-American males interested in software engineering and technology entrepreneurship; and the Northrop Grumman-sponsored Tech Challenge, an annual design competition that emphasizes hands-on projects to solve engineering challenges.

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