Northrop Grumman Engineers To Visit Challenger Middle School


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.

The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, beginning at 9:30 in the Challenger Middle School Auditorium, 10810 Parkdale Avenue, 92126. The film will be show first, followed by a question and answer session.

On hand for the event will be 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; and the students of Challenger Middle School.

The event is designed to inspire pre-teen students to pursue STEM careers. The San Diego Unified students will receive an inside look at NASA’s newest revolutionary space observatory, and have opportunity to discuss the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.