Newport News Shipbuilding Encourages Students to Pursue Their Engineering Passion During Career Day Event

Newport News Shipbuilding Encourages Students to Pursue Their Engineering
Passion During Career Day Event

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Apprentice School
gymnasium at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News
Shipbuilding (NNS) division is transforming today and tomorrow into an
engineering test site for building boats and lunar landers.

Using materials such as duct tape and marshmallows, NNS, in partnership with
NASA Langley Research Center and the Peninsula Engineering Council (PEC), will
engage 600 sophomores and juniors from Peninsula and Southside high schools to
explore their passion in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and
increase their awareness and appreciation of engineering—all while having a
little fun.

"It is inspiring to see so many young people who have an interest in STEM,"
said Jennifer McClain, manager of NNS' Career Pathways Program. "It is to our
benefit to harness this enthusiasm and educate these students about the many
career opportunities that are available to them and to do it in a fun and
memorable way."

Students will have an opportunity to learn about 30 different STEM disciplines
with help from NNS, NASA, PEC and local university representatives. After
rotating between four hands-on displays, the students will participate in an
engineering design challenge by building a duct tape boat for NNS and a
marshmallow lunar lander for NASA. The Career Day event will be streamed live
through NASA's Distance Learning Network from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. EST at

"It's an incredible opportunity to influence young people about their career
choices," said Monica Barnes, education lead in NASA's Office of Human Capital
Management. "I wish I had an opportunity like this—to be educated about the
various types of engineering that are available and the amazing innovations
that have come from their brilliant ideas."

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial
energy industry and other government customers, including the Department of
Energy. Employing about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and
California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and
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