ANNAPOLIS, MD -- A team of Northrop Grumman Corporation employees serving as instructors for the Robinwood Robotics Program were selected to receive the Martha Wood Leadership Award by the City of Annapolis.
The award was presented by the City of Annapolis and the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis. Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides made the presentation to Ted Imes, director of Talent Acquisition for Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector.
The relationship between Northrop Grumman and the Robinwood Community Center started in June 2007, when the company's employee resource group, African-American Task Group (AATG), led the effort to renovate the computer lab for students and teachers to complete homework assignments.
Northrop Grumman's AATG started the Robinwood Robotics Program in 2013 to challenge interested students in Annapolis's Robinwood neighborhood to sharpen teamwork skills and build robots to perform a set of tasks against a field of competitors. Groups of Robinwood students were trained, mentored and supported by Northrop Grumman AATG instructors. A team of eight students from Robinwood then participated in a First Lego League competition. The experience provided an opportunity to motivate the students to compete with their peers from other communities.
The Martha Wood Leadership Award is given monthly to a deserving person or organization in greater Annapolis whose actions strive to improve the local community. Martha Wood was a community activist from College Creek Terrace who was instrumental in initiating a school lunch program for low-income students, among other endeavours.
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