Newport News Shipbuilding Supports Local STEM Summer Camp

Newport News Shipbuilding Supports Local STEM Summer Camp

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Volunteers from
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division
are trading in their safety gear for school gear this summer at the STEM
Summer of Innovation Academy. Helping students explore future careers in STEM
(science, technology, engineering and math) fields, NNS volunteers are working
with Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) to get students excited about math and

Hosted July 8 through Aug. 1 by the 21^st Century Community Learning Center
and Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy, the camp exposes rising 7^th
through 9^th graders to different STEM topics through the help of local
business volunteers.

Broken into two concentrations, the academy features learning activities based
on aviation/aeronautics and environmental science. Both concentrations teach
traditional classroom subjects like geometry, algebra and a foreign language
in addition to exploring career fields in aviation and environmental science
through field trips and hands-on activities led by industry volunteers such as
the 10 NNS shipbuilders. These volunteers represent all areas of the shipyard
and dedicate one to two days each week to the academy.

John Banks Sr., an electrical engineer at NNS, is helping students experience
engineering in the classroom through building robots. "Working with the
talented and gifted youth of the STEM Summer of Innovation Academy gives me an
opportunity to feed into the innovators of tomorrow and be fed in return
through lively conversations with the youth while tackling robotic and
electronic challenges," Banks said. "Each student brings a new light, new idea
and vision to our team that renews my pride as a NNS engineer to think bigger,
dream bigger and remember that there are no limits to what can be achieved
with strong will and determination."

NNS' volunteers have supported the academy since its inception in 2012 by
providing students with real-world work expertise through partnered teaching.
Spending time at Heritage High with the students, the volunteers are able to
emphasize the importance of STEM in the shipbuilding industry and expose
students to future careers.

"The challenge was set by President Barack Obama a year ago to figure out how
to introduce STEM beyond regular school hours to after-school and summertime
learning," said NNPS' Corey Gordon, program administrator of the 21st Century
Community Learning Center. "This academy does just that because it has
students look at all the elements of STEM as a cohesive unit. And the shipyard
volunteers have been a tremendous support to ensure the two strands of the
program are being supported through observing and helping the students build
robots, planes, rockets and alternative resource houses all in these strands
of STEM."

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 at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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CONTACT: Christie Miller
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