WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., June 28, 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Woodland Hills facility recently hosted a student engineering competition to mark the conclusion of the sixth year of its WORTHY (Worthwhile to Help High School Youth) mentoring and scholarship program.
The WORTHY program wrapped up for the summer on May 26 when eight students from Canoga Park High School of Canoga Park, Calif., participated in a competition using robotic vehicles designed to race through obstacle courses. First-year students used VEX remote-controlled vehicles to traverse a U-shaped course, while second-year students competed with LEGO vehicles that were programmed to autonomously navigate the course within an allotted time limit. Students were able to demonstrate collaboration skills and engineering principles that they learned during the mentoring program. High school faculty and Northrop Grumman employees cheered on the competitors.
On June 9, the WORTHY students and their parents gathered with Northrop Grumman employees for an awards banquet where the students gave presentations about their projects and celebrated their accomplishments. Four students were high school seniors who graduated from the program after completing their second year, while four others concluded their first year.
"The WORTHY program provides real-world learning opportunities in science and engineering, which aids students entering degree programs and careers in these fields," said Liz Iversen, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "This year's WORTHY students showed initiative and creativity both on the job and in their competition."
Initially launched in 1997 by Northrop Grumman in Baltimore, the WORTHY program has expanded to include additional company locations. To be accepted into the Woodland Hills WORTHY program, high school sophomores must attend a Northrop Grumman-partnered public high school, maintain a 3.0+ grade point average, complete an application, submit an essay with two letters of recommendation and be selected through an interview process. The program runs during the school year and requires a minimum two-year commitment.
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