Through Northrop Grumman's mentoring and scholarship program that encourages high school students to consider careers in engineering, some students are developing unmanned systems technology.
The High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) program gives students on-the-job experience, including working with Northrop Grumman employee mentors on an engineering and design project.
Recently, eight students from California’s Canoga Park High School competed in the program’s robotics challenge and showcased their computer science projects. One of the projects from a high school senior was a mobile phone application to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and four juniors designed and built remote-controlled robots that navigated a course and picked up and dropped balls into cylinders.
Students who successfully complete the HIP program are eligible for a partial college/university scholarship for four consecutive years. Scholarship requirements include full-time enrollment in an accredited academic program in engineering, physics, computer science or mathematics and maintenance of a 3.0 or above grade-point average.
The program was first launched in 1998 by Northrop Grumman's electronic systems sector in Baltimore. Northrop Grumman is a global security company providing systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers.
Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman: During the High School Involvement Partnership program expo on May 15 in Woodland Hills, Alex Surat, a Canoga Park High School senior, demonstrated a mobile phone application that he built and programmed to control an unmanned aerial vehicle.