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TRW Grants $10,000 to UCSD K-8 Science Outreach Program

SAN DIEGO, August 17, 1999 -- The TRW Foundation has made a contribution of $10,000 to the University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering K-8 Outreach Program. Administered by Engineering Student Services, the program was established to place volunteer teams of undergraduate engineering students in San Diego community schools to conduct hands-on experiments that promote interest in math and science. There are currently 18 four person teams of engineering students performing various hands-on enrichment activities in K-8 classrooms throughout San Diego County. The engineering students have the opportunity to develop their project planning, presentation, teamwork and interpersonal skills while meeting the teachers’ needs and acting as role models to the children. The Jacobs School K-8 Outreach Program strives to create experiments and demonstrations that support the class curriculum and leave the teachers with the knowledge and resources to continue the activities for years to come. Over the past three years, over nine hundred K-8 children have participated in the Jacobs School K-8 Outreach Program.

“The Jacobs School K-8 Outreach Program is responding to a growing demand for future engineers by the high tech industries of San Diego,” said Donald Spencer, Director of Technology for TRW’s Avionics Systems Division. “The benefits of this experience are three-fold…the K-8 students, the engineering students and the future of technology.”

Through a working relationship with TRW, UCSD developed the model for the Jacobs School K-8 Outreach Program. TRW’s local Avionics Systems Division also has an education outreach program with similar goals. The TRW program called K.I.D.S. (Kids and Industry Discovering Science) was developed to put engineers together with students in the classroom to encourage the positive role of science, math and technology in today’s world. Over 50 TRW employees participate in the volunteer program, typically spending one or two hours a week at nearby schools, demonstrating different hands-on experiments illustrating how science and math can be interesting and fun. An all out effort is made to motivate students to think about future careers in science and engineering.

TRW, an active member of the Jacobs School of Engineering Corporate Affiliates Program and the Center for Wireless Communications, has been a long-time supporter of the Jacobs School of Engineering with numerous grants for research and development.

TRW Space & Electronics Group provides a broad range of products at the leading edge of space, telecommunications, defense and electronics technology. Based in Cleveland, TRW provides advanced technology products and services for the automotive, space and defense, and information technology markets worldwide. The company’s 1998 sales totaled approximately $12 billion. TRW news releases are available on the company’s Web site:

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