REDONDO BEACH, Calif., May 24, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Following four days of intense study hosted by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), 13 local elementary and middle school teachers earned certifications that expand their credentials for instructing students in the dynamics of the Earth's environment.

They became part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a hands-on, school-based, science and education organization. In addition to receiving GLOBE Program Teacher Certification, each teacher was awarded a $1,000 grant from Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector to purchase science materials for their classroom.

With this training, they will be able to direct their students in measuring physical, chemical and biological properties of the atmosphere and climate, hydrology, soils, land cover and plant phenology. Once the measurements are taken, the students will be able to input and analyze data via the Internet and interact with GLOBE scientists around the world.

The GLOBE program is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in partnership with Colorado State University and is supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State.

Teachers who participated in the training are:

  Dana Blanchard - Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach
 Elsa Cernuda - Anderson Elementary, Lawndale
 Charles Flint - Hawthorne Math & Science Academy, Hawthorne
 Ramona Gibson - Adams Middle School, Redondo Beach
 Megan Jarrin - Rancho Del Mar, Palos Verdes
 Tanya Manabat - Roosevelt Elementary, Lawndale
 Ngoc Phuong Nguyen - Roosevelt Elementary, Lawndale
 Jessica Ross - Pasadena School District
 Denise Sairrino - William Green Elementary, Lawndale
 Katherine Santarosa - Miraleste, Palos Verdes
 Sandy Skora - Manhattan Beach Middle School, Manhattan Beach
 Erica Thorup - La Ballona Elementary School, Culver City
 Jessica Wing - William Green Elementary, Lawndale

Northrop Grumman Space Technology has designed and built Earth-observing sensors and satellites, such as EOS Aqua and Aura, that measure short- and long-term variations on the planet, enhancing knowledge of global weather and environmental trends.

Northrop Grumman Space Technology is a leader in the development of satellites and space systems for science, remote sensing, communications and military applications. The company is the prime contractor for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, which is the next-generation environmental satellite system. Northrop Grumman Space Technology is based in Redondo Beach, Calif.

  Contact:  Bob Bishop
          Northrop Grumman Space Technology 
          (310) 812-5227 Office
          (310) 567-4919 Cell