Corporate Citizenship and STEM
Connect our passions and talents to build partnerships that transform our communities.
Leverage our time, talent and dollars to cultivate a future workforce and strengthen the lives of those within our communities.
For 2016 we had four funding and programming strategic priorities: Education, Employee Engagement, Reputation and Strengthening Communities.
Contribute to the development of a pipeline of diverse talent by supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and strategic education programs and initiatives that align to the business needs of the company.
With a focus on K-12 STEM education, emphasize engineering and technology-based programs and initiatives that excite, engage and educate middle school students and serve as professional development resources for their teachers.
- Designed specifically for middle school teachers (grades 5-8), the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teacher’s Academy builds teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, engineering and technology and helps teachers to understand the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce. Northrop Grumman engineers and technologists are integral to the design and implementation of the program and provide industry perspectives to teachers. In turn, the teachers get a yearlong immersion in a host of science, technology and engineering learning opportunities.
- The team at the Northrop Grumman Foundation designed the Fab School Labs contest to provide much-needed resources for the classroom and to boost student interest in STEM. The program allows middle school teachers and administrators to create a dream laboratory that gives students access to the best learning tools and technologies. Fab School Labs is a nationwide competition allowing public middle schools (grades 6-8) in the United States to win a science, technology, or engineering lab/classroom upgrade valued up to $100,000. Nearly 200 schools participated in the contest in 2016 by submitting videos, photos and sharing their school vision for a state-of-the-art science lab. To help determine the five winning schools, Northrop Grumman Foundation staff enlisted the public via a five-day online voting campaign hosted on the Fab School Labs Facebook page that garnered more than 32,277 votes.
- We have partnered with University of Maryland Baltimore County and Baltimore City public schools to support a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Center renovation and programming. In 2016, more than 100 Northrop Grumman volunteers supported more than 1,400 students and 133 teachers with literacy reading programs, building a STEM culture within the schools and teacher-development programming.
- Our High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) pairs high school students with employees to provide mentoring, business-environment exposure and hands-on experience in real world STEM applications. Students who participate receive either school credit or may be eligible for scholarships and future internship opportunities. We had 176 students participate in HIP at 16 Northrop Grumman locations in 2016.
- The High School Innovation Challenge is an annual high school design competition held February through April. Each team is awarded a grant and paired with an engineering mentor who helps the students execute their design. Each year a different Northrop Grumman program or capability inspires a new competition theme. The 2016 challenge was to build and optimize a remote-controlled hovercraft that can compete by demonstrating different capabilities. More than 35 employees mentored approximately 35 high school teams at six Northrop Grumman sites.
- We continued our unique Northrop Grumman summer externship program at bwtech@UMBC, a research and technology park at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The externship enabled two female Saudi Arabian students to gain practical, hands-on training at this business incubator program and develop expertise in a field where women have historically been underrepresented.
- The Northrop Grumman Foundation, in conjunction with filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn and the Space Telescope Science Institute, produced the James Webb Space Telescope documentary Into the Unknown and associated education outreach materials. The film premiered at the 2016 National Science Teachers Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee. In October, the film made its international debut for students across the United Arab Emirates as part of Discover America 2016, a showcase of U.S. innovation organized by the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
– Jason Raines, Northrop Grumman Foundation Teacher Fellow, DeKalb County Schools
Key STEM Investments
- During Engineers Week in February we launched the Classroom Resources for Employees website, which enables employees to access a wide repository of classroom tools, introductions to multiple engineering disciplines and hands-on activities for supporting employee-education outreach.
- Northrop Grumman Foundation was the presenting sponsor of the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, which broke the Guinness World Record for the largest robot competition with 1,075 teams from 30 different nations. For the 2015-16 season, Northrop Grumman Foundation funding enabled 80 new U.S. teams, 20 international teams, six state/signature events and four new events in areas where new teams are started.
- Through the Northrop Grumman Foundation, we funded scholarships for 80 middle school students and 48 teachers from across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia to attend Space Camp® July 24 to 29 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Alabama. This is the eighth year Northrop Grumman Foundation has funded Space Camp® scholarships.
- We continue to extend our educational outreach efforts globally. For the first time, we sponsored Space Challenge, a STEM education program organized by the Republic of Korea Air Force. These 2,200 South Korean students got to try flying unmanned aerial vehicles, testing robots, exploring virtual reality systems and conducting test flight simulations. In Australia, our Northrop Grumman Foundation partnered with the American Australian Association to advance research fellowship in science and technology. We joined other industry partners to establish scholarships to assist rural and regional students to study in STEM fields at Australian National University Burgmann College.
Cyber Education Initiatives
Our thought leadership in global cyber STEM education, outreach and workforce development programs and initiatives engages all elements of Northrop Grumman. Cyber education aims to excite and motivate youth to pursue academic opportunities in cybersecurity. Our outreach activities break down barriers to opportunities in cyber by focusing on scholarships and internships. Our workforce-development efforts help model and advocate for a diverse and talented cyber workforce. These engagements take many forms, including sponsoring youth camps, mentoring middle and high school cyber competition teams, sponsoring collegiate cyber competitions, participating in national forums for cyber education and workforce, participating in Government working groups, engaging with national, state and local leadership, and speaking at cyber education and workforce development conferences globally.
Our key initiative is the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education program created by the Air Force Association and sponsored by Northrop Grumman Foundation. Middle and high school students compete in teams to protect and defend the network of a fictitious company. The 2016 CyberPatriot VIII competition drew a record 3,379 teams, a 55 percent increase over 2015.
In addition to the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the program also includes numerous Cyber Camps and the Elementary School Education Initiative, which provides several interactive modules to excite K-6 students about computers and teach basic cyber awareness.
We used the CyberPatriot platform internationally to develop CyberCenturion in the United Kingdom and CyberArabia in Saudi Arabia. The U.K. version is the only cyber defense competition in that country dedicated to 12- to 18-year-olds. The number of registered teams has doubled year-over-year since inception in 2014 and draws a more diverse participation from across the UK.
CyberArabia is designed for college students. More than 140 students from several Riyadh universities participated in 2016, which is double the number of participants in the 2015 inaugural year.
Connect employees to strategic opportunities in volunteerism, skills development and community giving to create a culture that drives excellence and retains employees.
- Our employees logged 68,969 hours of their personal time in volunteer projects in Volunteer1NG, valued at $1,624,909 in community impact (based on an average value of volunteer time at $23.56/hour as suggested by the nonprofit and corporate giving coalition group Independent Sector).
- We increased the value of Community Service Grants from $200 to $400 for employees who volunteer 40 hours or more and apply for the grant through Volunteer1NG. In 2016, 248 employees requested grants for their volunteer organizations.
- As part of Hunger Action Month in September, we partnered with Global Impact and Stop Hunger Now to combat world hunger through the Northrop Grumman Global Giving Campaign. More than 800 employees worked in teams to package a combined 156,816 meals comprised of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 23 different vitamins. The meals, which each have a two-year shelf life, provide sustenance throughout the world in school food programs, orphanages and crisis relief efforts. Northrop Grumman donated an additional $10,000 to Stop Hunger Now through a social media campaign.
- Northrop Grumman is a national corporate team partner with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. We had 364 participants on 35 teams nationwide and raised $115,338. The top three teams included Beach Cities in California; Calcasieu Lake Charles in Louisiana; and St. Augustine in Florida.
- We partnered with YouGiveGoods for a third year to support an online back-to-school drive and holiday food and toy drive to raise $24,300.
- We honored 11 Northrop Grumman employees dedicated to volunteerism at nonprofit organizations and public schools with the Excellence in Volunteerism award. Award recipients earned a $5,000 grant for the organization or school where the honoree volunteered.
ECHO (Employee Charity Organization of Northrop Grumman)
The Employees Charity Organization of Northrop Grumman (ECHO) celebrated its 60th anniversary with events and giving campaigns across the U.S.A in 2016. Employees donated $2,022,844.
- Employees contributed $1,806,008 through ECHO Designated Giving
- Employees contributed $216,836 through ECHO Community Outreach Funds
Enhance Northrop Grumman’s position as an employer and business of choice through key partnerships in our communities.
- We partnered with Change the Equation to fund the report “Left to Chance: U.S. Middle Schoolers Lack in-Depth Experience with Technology and Engineering.” This analysis of student survey data is from the first-ever Nation’s Report Card on Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL). The brief focuses on the inadequacy of where, how, and from whom eighth-graders learn these critical technology and engineering skills, honing in on demographic data and offering insights into how to prepare more girls, minorities and low-income students for the workforce. The brief also offers strategies to cultivate widespread literacy in technology and engineering. A nationally representative sample of 21,500 eighth-graders in 840 U.S. public and private schools completed the survey, answering questions about how often they have learned about technology and engineering or taken part in technology and engineering activities, both in and out of school.
- Through our Corporate Citizenship department, we sponsored a panel at the U.S. News and World Report STEM Solutions Conference in May. Northrop Grumman employees were panelists to discuss our work in hiring veterans and our STEM initiatives in the Baltimore area.
- At a Maryland STEM Scholars awards dinner, we honored 24 Engineering scholars and 15 HIP seniors. More than 350 guests were in attendance including U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes and Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools.
- Employees at our New Town, North Dakota facility received Voluntary Protection Programs Star Status recognition from the Department of Labor at the site’s 45th anniversary of operations in the community. The event was attended by the North Dakota Lt. Governor and representatives of elected officials.
- Administrators at Mid-Del Public Schools in Oklahoma recognized Northrop Grumman at their Board of Education meeting in August for our sponsorship of a middle school teacher and student to attend Space Camp® at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
- Lawton Public Schools honored Nate Slate, site manager for Northrop Grumman in Lawton, Oklahoma, with a Friend of Education award for his science, technology, engineering and math outreach work with Eisenhower High School.
- We received recognition as Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Company of the Year for North Dakota at the PLTW North and South Dakota State Conference October 4 in Sioux Falls. Grand Forks Public Schools administrators nominated Northrop Grumman for the award for our ongoing support for expanding and enhancing STEM programs and opportunities within the school system.
Administrators at Fairfax County Public Schools district named our company Outstanding Business Partner for a 25-plus year partnership with Chantilly High School and Chantilly Academy.
Define and address the needs in our communities that align with our business and focus areas
Focus on Troops and Veterans
Support troops, veterans and their families, specifically in the areas of wounded warriors, veteran homelessness, employment and military appreciation.
- The Military Appreciation Month online fundraiser and T-shirt campaign for USO, Inc. raised $22,351 from 563 employees. With an average donation of $40, employees from 32 states and the District of Columbia contributed.
- Employees, friends and family stuffed 7,155 hygiene and snack kits for active duty military and their loved ones for the USO Pack for the Troops program at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.
- We partnered with Soldier On, a veteran service organization based in Australia, to provide veterans and their spouses career development through mentorship and training in their Hand-Up program.
- North Texas volunteers in the Employee Resource Group VERITAS (Veterans, Employees and Reservists Inspired To Act and Serve) spent Veteran’s Day retrofitting a home for a veteran in Fort Worth as part of Operation Freedom-Home4Heroes and Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas.
- We attended a special Veterans Day event at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. to announce the company’s gift in support of the National Native American Veterans Memorial.
Focus on Health and Human Services
Assist communities with critical local needs and disaster relief.
Local Community Needs
Our employees continue to help those in need in our communities including:
- Florida volunteers packed food backpacks for children in Brevard County who are in need and often do not have food during the weekend.
- Employees in Charlottesville, Virginia donated 256 pounds of peanut butter and jelly to support the after-school Backpack program at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
- Thirty volunteers participated in Northrop Grumman Day for Habitat for Humanity in Huntsville, Alabama. Volunteers framed a new house and worked in Habitat’s “Restore” warehouse.
- Lake Charles, Louisiana employees volunteered monthly at Abraham’s Tent, a local food bank, to serve meals for people in need.
- In 2016, the California wildfires, Hurricane Matthew and Louisiana flooding each activated our Emergency Contact Center to assist employees affected by the disasters. Our financial support provided help to our employees and their families in California, Florida and Louisiana.
- Through the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and as an Annual Emergency Response Partner with AmeriCares, we provide reliable funding for disaster relief services. Our company contributions offset a range of expenses and help ensure that the American Red Cross and AmeriCares can respond to any disaster at a moment’s notice.
Focus on the Environment
Identify efforts that reduce greenhouse gases, waste and conserve water as well as develop renewable energy sources.
- Northrop Grumman volunteers in Baltimore judged the Lakeland Elementary/Middle School Nitrogen Reduction Project. Seventh grade middle schoolers’ researched and designed a solution to reduce nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
- Representatives from Fairfax County Park Foundation in Virginia honored Northrop Grumman with its 2016 Eakin Philanthropy Award. Since 2001, we have provided donations of $109,600 to the Park Foundation to support programs such as the Land Preservation Fund and the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Funds also went to Burke Lake Park, Frying Pan Farm Park and the Movin’ and Groovin’ play area at Clemyjontri Park.
- EcoClassroom, a program we developed in partnership with Conservation International, carried out its fifth trip to La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica with 15 teachers from five states. They met scientists from the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network and learned first-hand the techniques researchers use to collect and analyze data. Teachers also learned activities they can use in the classroom such as introducing biodiversity and climate change. At the end of the trip, teachers presented independent group projects on topics that ranged from carbon storage and animal behavior to landscape ecology. Cumulatively, the EcoClassroom program has trained 80 teachers from 15 states and exposed 36,000 students to lessons that utilize a data-driven approach to learning.