updated 12/21/2010 3:16:06 PM ET 2010-12-21T20:16:06

WESTMINSTER, Md., Dec. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thanks to a $5,000 grant from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), the nationally-recognized VEX Robotics program will be coming soon to four Carroll County Public School System high schools.

Celebrating Northrop Grumman's contribution of $5,000 in support of STEM education initiatives in Carroll County are, from left: Mary Swack, principal East Middle School; Meg Solomon, Northrop Grumman engineer and volunteer at Carroll County Public Schools; Stephen Guthrie, superintendent Carroll County Public Schools; Brianna L'Ecuyer, Cai Davis, Steven Kellerhouse and Timothy Nicholson, East Middle School students and Space Camp attendees; Ted Imes, director of Corporate Citizenship, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems sector; Jobe Mikalauskas, 6th grade teacher at East Middle School and Space Camp chaperone; and Bryan Shumaker, STEM Coordinator for Carroll County.

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The VEX Robotics program is a national math and science-focused effort dedicated to providing engaging and fun student educational experiences that foster an interest in science, engineering and problem solving. The Northrop Grumman grant will provide students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, while participating in various VEX Robotics competitions.  

"Partnerships with companies like Northrop Grumman who provide funding and mentors are the key to energizing and sustaining interest in engineering and science," said Stephen Guthrie, superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools. 

Bryan Shumaker, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Coordinator for Carroll County, said, "We had a definitive need. Four schools wanted to start robotics clubs but they didn't have equipment. The students and teachers were interested but they needed funding."

Northrop Grumman's support of STEM education is not new to the Carroll County community. "Our employees have supported STEM in Carroll County and throughout the central Maryland region for many years," said Ted Imes, director of Corporate Citizenship at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, which is headquartered in Linthicum, with other company facilities in Sykesville, Elkridge and Annapolis, Md. "Programs have included our DiscoverE Engineering program, where employees go into the classrooms to teach students about engineering, sponsorship of a week-long Engineering Camp for middle school students at Carroll Community College and other activities designed to support STEM."

Earlier this year, Northrop Grumman sponsored four students and a teacher from East Middle School in Westminster to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. "After this experience (Space Camp), I want to be an engineer," said Cai Davis, a student who participated in the event. 

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. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Bonnie Blueford
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems

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