Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) welcomed 31 students from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and North County High School to its BWI campus on Monday to celebrate Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day is a nationwide event designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Through partnerships with Baltimore-area schools, Northrop Grumman continues to further science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and encourage students to consider careers as manufacturing assemblers, technicians and engineers.

“Today’s manufacturing is highly advanced and requires skilled, creative and STEM-literate workers to make some of the most relied upon products in the world,” said Melissa Sandlin, manager, corporate citizenship, Northrop Grumman. “Through events like this, we are investing in our future workforce and introducing students to some of the diverse manufacturing career paths they can follow.”

Led by Northrop Grumman engineers, students created Rube Goldberg machines, devices designed to highlight a series of reactions that result in the completion of a simple task in a complicated fashion. Students were given a kit of materials including PVC piping, duct tape, dominos, marbles and magnets and were challenged to create a solution to flip a light switch and illuminate a light emitting diode (LED) light.

“Projects like this help simulate an environment that our manufacturing employees and engineers work in every day,” said Jenna Paukstis, director, Baltimore manufacturing, Northrop Grumman. “We work in teams, often with limited resources and a tight deadline. In order to achieve our goals, we need to draw upon creativity and overcome challenges along the way. These are all skills that we want to foster in students who will be the next manufacturing employees at Northrop Grumman and leaders in the defense of our nation.”

To view more pictures from Manufacturing Day 2018, click here.

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