As part of national Manufacturing Day (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce), Northrop Grumman Marine Systems hosted 24 students from Columbia Middle School’s robotics and advanced math programs at its Sunnyvale facility on Oct. 3rd.
Students spent the day learning about technology and manufacturing careers directly from Northrop Grumman engineers, managers, and manufacturing personnel who volunteered their time for the event.
After being welcomed by Karen Campbell, vice president of the company’s Marine Systems business unit, students and engineers went straight to work on a hands-on project, assembling fidget cubes that were 3-D printed by Northrop Grumman. Following the workshop, the seventh and eighth graders were taken on a factory tour not typically granted to the general public.
The Sunnyvale campus of Northrop Grumman, which has been conducting manufacturing operations since 1906, continues to be a leading provider of missile launch systems, propulsion systems, and power generation systems for naval submarines and surface ships. Thank you, Northrop Grumman, for the amazing opportunity!!!
“Hosting the Robotics and Technology class students is only one part of our week-long celebration of manufacturing, but it’s probably the event we look forward to the most,” said Daniel Casey, Capital Projects Manager for Northrop Grumman’s Marine Systems business in Sunnyvale. “The students really enjoyed putting together their fidget cubes and we hope the shop tour and discussions we had on how we use technology, science, and math in everything we do inspire them. As big believers in the power of education, we’re eager and excited to instill a love of learning and especially an appreciation for the STEM fields in the next generation.”