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June 6, 2012

Northrop Grumman hosts student engineering competition for annual WORTHY Mentoring Program

Canoga Park High School participants in Northrop Grumman’s WORTHY program celebrate achievements at a May 24 awards banquet in Woodland Hills. Pictured from left to right are Bryan Orellana, Janneth Ruiz, Elijah Kang, Anaymee Cifuentes, Allan Ly, Emily Williams, Sergio Lamas Jr. and Sharon Cha.

Northrop Grumman’s Woodland Hills, Calif., facility recently sponsored a student competition focused on engineering to mark the conclusion of the seventh year of its Worthwhile to Help High School Youth mentoring and scholarship program.

WORTHY is an integral component of the Northrop Grumman High School Involvement Partnership programming that assists high school students with career awareness and development goals.

The Woodland Hills facility’s WORTHY program began in 2005 and encourages students to pursue technical degrees. The program provides on-the-job experience for local high school students, including one day per month working with two Northrop Grumman employee mentors on an engineering and design project.

The WORTHY program concluded for the year on May 17 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. High school faculty and Northrop Grumman employees cheered on the students as they demonstrated the engineering principles and collaboration skills gained during the mentoring program.

Canoga Park High School student Bryan Orellana moves a ball through an obstacle course using a student-built robotic vehicle during a May 17 engineering competition that marked the conclusion of this year’s Northrop Grumman WORTHY mentoring and scholarship program in Woodland Hills.

On May 24, the WORTHY students and their parents joined 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 offers an engaging, valuable experience for students to learn science and engineering concepts that can be applied to the real world,” said Liz Iversen, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division. “The students impressed us with the innovation and enthusiasm that they displayed in their competition performance.”

Initially launched in 1998 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.

Students who successfully complete the WORTHY program are eligible for a partial college/university scholarship for four consecutive years. Scholarship requirements include full-time enrollment in an accredited academic program in engineering, physics, computer science or mathematics and maintenance of a 3.0+ grade point average.




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