updated 6/16/2011 8:16:04 AM ET 2011-06-16T12:16:04

APOPKA, Fla., June 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently partnered with the University of South Florida to offer 12 Orange County high school students an exclusive tour of the college's state-of-the-art engineering facility through the company's Worthwhile to Help High School Youth (WORTHY) program.

WORTHY Educational Outreach Program (a)
Northrop Grumman WORTHY students (back, left) Melissa Pennington, Matthew Braswell, Chandradeo Ramijit, Nicole Clark, Matthew Wansor, Katherine Abreu, Austin Lord, Brandon Singh, (front, left) Dale Davis, Steeve Delius, Demetrius Gordon and Jeff Childers

WORTHY Educational Outreach Program (b)
Demetrius Gordon tests out a Rolling Dance Chair in USF's Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology Lab. The chair allows the user to express themselves through arm and hand movements while they guide the chair by leaning in the direction they want to go.

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Driven by a nationwide demand for more student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the WORTHY program model was created by Northrop Grumman to promote the pursuit of technical degrees and careers among high school students. The students have been participating in the program since August 2009.

WORTHY students Chandradeo Ramijit, Matthew Braswell, Katherine Abreu, Nicole Clark, Matthew Wansor, Dale Davis, Austin Lord, Demetrius Gordon, Jeff Childers, Melissa Pennington, Steeve Delius and Brandon Singh visited the University of South Florida's Department of Mechanical Engineering Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology Program (RETP) Lab. The lab introduced students to hi-tech mobility equipment designed to aid disabled people. The students were able to test the RETP's Rolling Dance Chair and a prototype for an electric car.   

"This year's college trip showed our WORTHY students that, once they graduate with an engineering degree, there is a breadth of specializations they can choose to pursue," said Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit. "Technology is constantly changing. The types of products they will be creating will be even more advanced than what they saw at the RETP lab by the time they reach graduation.

"WORTHY, and other STEM initiatives supported by Northrop Grumman, will help our country remain competitive with the rest of the world in the long run," added Stewart.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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