Northrop Grumman has teamed up with the University of Central Florida (UCF) Research Foundation and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium to sponsor several programs that will encourage students to continue their studies in science-based programs at universities and colleges in the state of Florida. The programs will be facilitated by using a $25,000 grant Northrop Grumman awarded to UCF Research Foundation.
The grant supports the Northrop Grumman Academy, a specialized training program for college students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that was created in 2006. The Academy consists of classes taught at the Kennedy Space Center’s Center for Space Education at the KSC Visitor Complex, tours of the KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station facilities as well as the opportunity to design, construct and release scientific balloon payloads. Additionally, a program to recruit and train Brevard Community College students as technicians to support the launch of high-altitude sounding rockets is also supported by the grant.
“Northrop Grumman is honored to sponsor the Northrop Grumman Academy and sounding rocket launch training for the students of Florida colleges and universities. I would have been thrilled to attend a program like this when I was in college,” said Roy Bridges, director of Space and Science Services for Northrop Grumman Technical Services. “As a major employer in Brevard County, we recognize the critical need for STEM- educated graduates for our workforce today and well into the future.”