ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., March 25, 2010 -- Whether they are building towers made of paper or viewing their classmates through an infrared camera, elementary, middle and high school students throughout the Chicagoland area will be learning first-hand about engineering-related careers this spring from teams of engineers at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) through the Discover "E" (E stands for engineering) program.
"What an incredible day we had with John Kraus here at Waldo Middle School," said Mary Carr, eighth grade teacher at Waldo Middle School. "The students got so much out of John's presentation, had lots of fun with the infrared camera and did an awesome job with the paper tower activity. I know that several students – if not more –became much more aware and interested in engineering. John is an incredible ambassador for Northrop Grumman and for the engineering field."
"I am glad Northrop Grumman provided me with the opportunity to work with these very respectful and attentive students," added Kraus, a Northrop Grumman Embedded Software Engineer and Discover "E" volunteer. "It was a very fulfilling experience, and I hope that some of the students walked away with a broader view of what they can aspire to."
The National Society of Professional Engineers introduced Discover "E" many years ago as part of an outreach effort aimed to foster student interest in engineering. Northrop Grumman has been a major sponsor of Discover "E" in the Chicagoland area for the past 12 years in an effort to help address a critical national need to identify, cultivate and motive the engineers of tomorrow.
"It is our mission to work with students in the community promoting interest in engineering and related fields through hands-on activities," said Jeff Palombo, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. "Inspiring tomorrow's engineers is truly rewarding, and we want to continue encouraging them to follow their dreams by promoting lifelong learning in math and science."
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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