Global security giant Northrop Grumman Corporation is returning as a major Festival Sponsor and - in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman Foundation - is significantly enhancing the Festival's focus on technical innovation and STEM disciplines.
"Northrop Grumman Corporation, in partnership with its Foundation, is committed to inspiring and encouraging the next generation of innovators in STEM disciplines through funding and support of educational and outreach opportunities for students and teachers," says Sandra Evers-Manly, vice president of Corporate Responsibility and president of Northrop Grumman Foundation.
Northrop Grumman has also announced that it is doubling its commitment over last year's Festival participation. We at the Festival sincerely thank them for their generosity!
As a leading global security company, Northrop Grumman provides innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
"I attended the Festival Expo last year," says Sandra, "and personally saw what a great opportunity it was for students, teachers, families and others to learn, through hands-on interaction, from a wide range of STEM professionals what science and engineering is all about. I've been telling everyone that this is an event they certainly don't want to miss!"
Last year's Expo goers are sure to remember Northrop Grumman's exhibits and demonstrations that centered on the diverse high-tech talents and know-how used by the corporation's scientists and engineers in global security - from what it takes to develop unmanned aircraft, satellites as well as protect our nation in the cyber world.
Next year's activities by Northrop Grumman, while still being finalized, will focus on exhibits to engage middle school students and teachers in STEM. "We'll focus on some great hands-on activities such as robotics competitions, a possible game dealing with STEM and even the intricacies behind a flight simulator," says Sandra.
And, in the weeks leading up to the Expo, Northrop Grumman's project engineer Steve Smalley will also return as a Nifty Fifty speaker to schools to speak about the need for more scientists and engineers.