Thursday, February 23, 2017


MEDIA ADVISORY                            


Feb. 23, 2017


Northrop Grumman Engineers Visit Local Middle School to Inspire Pre-Teens to Pursue STEM Careers


San Diego Unified students will receive an inside look at NASA’s newest revolutionary space observatory; have opportunity to discuss the fields of science, technology, engineering and math



WHAT: In recognition of National Engineers Week (Feb. 20-25), and as an example of public and private sectors collaborating to provide and promote awareness and education, Northrop Grumman engineers will visit San Diego Unified School District’s Challenger Middle School in Mira Mesa with the goal of inspiring students to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Engineers will show the film, “Into the Unknown,” a behind-the-scenes look at the individuals building NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The telescope is the successor to the Hubble, and is a revolutionary space observatory that will expand our understanding of the universe. After the film, Northrop Grumman engineers will answer students’ questions about the film and what it takes to work in a STEM career. 


WHEN: Friday, Feb. 24, 9:30-11:00 a.m. (9:30-10:30 Film; 10:30-11:00 Q&A)


WHERE: Challenger Middle School Auditorium, 10810 Parkdale Avenue, 92126 (858/586-7001)


NOTABLE ATTENDEES: Chris McGlade, Vice President and leader of San Diego’s Northrop Grumman’s Autonomous Design Center of Excellence; San Diego Unified School District’s Michael Goodbody, of the district’s Strategic Partnerships and Programs department; Challenger Middle School students.


INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Both Northrop Grumman’s Chris McGlade and San Diego Unified’s Michael Goodbody will be available for media questions immediately following the presentation.


CONTACTS: Daniel Hazard, Northrop Grumman Public Relations at 858/618-7557, 858/295-5263 or; Shari Winet, SDUSD Communications Director, 619/725-5568, 619/381-7930 or