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Northrop Grumman Foundation, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation to Create New Robotics Teams Worldwide



Northrop Grumman Foundation, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation to
Create New Robotics Teams Worldwide

Northrop Grumman Foundation Provides $2 Million Grant to Support VEX Robotics
Competition Expansion in New Locations Worldwide

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Feb. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Robotics Education &
Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation today
announced a partnership to establish 200 new VEX Robotics Competition teams in
locations worldwide and support the program's outreach. In addition, the
partnership will support the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in
Anaheim, Calif., April 17-20, an event that will attract more than 700 teams
and 15,000 students for three days of robotics engineering competition.

"Our partnership with the Northrop Grumman Foundation illustrates our shared
objective to advance student interest in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics [STEM] through accessible hands-on robotics engineering programs,"
said Jason Morrella, president, REC Foundation. "We are grateful to the
Northrop Grumman Foundation for its support and commitment to STEM, and we
look forward to expanding our reach to students and schools in need across the
United States and internationally."

"We're delighted with the continued growth of this program," said Sandra
Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. "The competitions
are fun and challenging, and they are generating increasing interest in STEM
with our young people, which is our goal."

The REC Foundation is on target to increase to 7,000 teams – a 30 percent
growth this year alone. The partnership with the Northrop Grumman Foundation
will uniquely position the REC Foundation to respond to growing demand in
communities in the U.S. and around the world with support for operational
growth, events and new team grants. Locations targeted for expansion include:
Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York, Dallas, Florida and
Mississippi. The Northrop Grumman Foundation will provide a $2 million grant
over two years beginning in 2013.

The REC Foundation manages the VEX Robotics Competition, which provides
student teams worldwide with hands-on, curriculum-based robotics engineering
programs while also offering valuable teamwork and problem-solving experience.
Teams compete year-round at more than 350 events that culminate in April at
the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship.

The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest middle and high school robotics
program in the world and is expected to reach more than 85,000 students during
the 2012-2013 season. To learn more about the REC Foundation, please visit
www.RoboticsEducation.org.

About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics by engaging students in
hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering
programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops
partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry and
the nonprofit community to achieve this work.

About the Northrop Grumman Foundation

The Northrop Grumman Foundation supports diverse and sustainable programs for
students and teachers. These programs create innovative education experiences
in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information
please visit www.northropgrumman.com/foundation.

CONTACT: Mark Root
         Northrop Grumman Corporation
         703-280-2739 (office)
         571-425-2132 (mobile)
         mark.root@ngc.com
        
         Vicki Grisanti
         Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
         508-736-1993
         vicki_grisanti@roboticseducation.org
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