DiscoverE’s National Engineers Week at Northrop Grumman

 February 28, 2018

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Northrop Grumman Corporation recently celebrated Engineers Week at its various sites across the country.

Every February, organizations nationwide participate in Engineers Week, a national event led by DiscoverE, an organization that brings together a working coalition of 100+ organizations committed to uniting, improving and growing the engineering profession.

The week was a time to honor the engineering profession, show appreciation for engineers and inspire future generations of engineers and students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

Inspiring wonder at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman highlighted the national theme for Engineers Week 2018, ‘Engineers: Inspiring Wonder,’ through its events, outreach and activities at many of its sites.

From California to Florida, hundreds of elementary and high school students teamed up with engineers to compete in a variety of STEM-focused activities such as the classic egg-drop event. At some sites, students and engineers used 3D printing and modern electronics to analyze the data from their eggs and gain an in-depth understanding of the forces at work.

In Baltimore, more than 100 elementary, middle and high school students from local partner schools participated in hands-on engineering activities as part of the annual series of educational outreach events. Employee volunteers had the opportunity to mentor, coach and educate students about careers in STEM while helping build snap circuits, trebuchets and roller coasters.

In Washington, D.C., employees from the district and northern Virginia supported a STEM ‘unplugged programming’ activity at the National Building Museum. Volunteers helped students create algorithms to stack plastic cups in certain patterns as part of a computer coding activity.

Celebrating women in Engineering

The Northrop Grumman Foundation supported the coding activity and works with DiscoverE in many other areas. For DiscoverE Girls Day, which celebrates women in engineering, Northrop Grumman featured two of its women engineers on Facebook. The Foundation also partnered with DiscoverE on training sessions to help employees receive maximum impact from their STEM volunteer efforts.

DiscoverE highlighted the education resources that were sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and were made available by EarthEcho from the Water by Design Expedition. The expedition activity brought 26 middle school teachers to southern California for an exploration of water scarcity, led by explorer and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

A committment to STEM outreach

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 2016, the Northrop Grumman Foundation continued outreach efforts by contributing $19.2 million to diverse STEM-related groups such as the Air Force Association (CyberPatriot), EarthEcho International, the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics), NSTA and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

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