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Northrop Grumman High School Innovation Challenge


The High School Innovation Challenge is an annual high school design competition hosted by select Northrop Grumman sites from February through April. The competition theme varies yearly and is inspired by a Northrop Grumman program or capability. Previous competition themes led to challenges which tasked students to build launcher systems, RC airplanes, airships, and deployables. The High School Innovation Challenge strives to encourage students to actively engage in fun and rewarding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.  


Teams of up to 10 students are tasked to design and build an engineering solution under the mentorship of Northrop Grumman employee(s). Teams demonstrate their engineering solution and compete against other schools at their local event. Students are required to submit a report prior to the event, present their design to Northrop Grumman judges and complete a challenge with their solution the day of the competition. Through this process students are exposed to the entire engineering process while developing teamwork and presentation skills. 


All high school students are encouraged to be involved, no experience or background in engineering is required! Each school will receive funds to develop their idea. In addition, the top three performing teams at each Northrop Grumman site will receive cash prizes for their school’s science department.