Students learn engineering skills

June 14, 2012 by  

Eight students from Canoga Park High School had the opportunity in a recent competition to show off skills learned during a mentoring program at Northrop Grumman’s facility, located in Woodland Hills.

Using VEX remote controlled vehicles, four first-year students navigated a U-shaped course, while the four second-year students built Lego vehicles designed to navigate an obstacle course without any outside aid from the students.

Liz Iversen, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division, said:

“The WORTHY program offers an engaging, valuable experience for students to learn science and engineering concepts that can be applied to the real world. The students impressed us with the innovation and enthusiasm that they displayed in their competition performance.”

The students have spent the past school year working on engineering and technical skills through the on-the-job training program, spending one day a month with two Northrop Grumman mentors. They were honored by Northrop Grumman employees and their parents at a banquet on May 24.

The WORTHY (Worthwhile to Help High School Youth) program has just completed its seventh year at the Woodland Hills facility. To gain a place within the scheme, students must commit to two years in the program, attend a Northrop Grumman school, be a high school sophomore, have a 3.0 GPA, fill out an application, pen an essay accompanied by letters of recommendation from two people, and pass an interview.

These organizations often use flyer printing to let students know of their programs. Upon completion of the program, students who enroll full time in a college studying engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics, are eligible to receive a four-year partial scholarship.