The Northrop Grumman Foundation has pledged to support the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation’s activities through a partnership that seeks to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers to students worldwide.
Northrop’s foundation will donate a $2 million grant over the next two years to help establish 200 new VEX Robotics Competition teams with Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Mississippi, Baltimore, New York, Florida and Dallas among the targeted locations, the company said Wednesday.
According to Northrop, the partnership will provide the REC Foundation support for operational growth, events and new team grants with the target of increasing the number of competing teams by 30 percent.
Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, said the company is continuing to support the program and aiming to expose more students to STEM careers.
The company will also sponsor a REC Foundation-managed robotics engineering competition in Anaheim, Calif., which will run from April 17 to 20, with more than 700 teams comprised of 15,000 students potentially participating.
That competition is the culmination of more than 350 competition events, the company said.