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CAMS Opens Northrop Grumman Tech Lab

The California Academy of Mathematics and Science recently opened its 17,000-square-foot Northrop Grumman Technology Lab, where students will explore robotics, engineering, space technology and other disciplines. The new building is funded by a $250,000 grant from Northrop Grumman. Many CAMS students hold summer internships at Northrop Grumman, whose space technology sector helped start the school with a $1.2 million grant in 1990. “Students at CAMS, you’re finally going to have the education we dreamed you would have,” Kathy Clark, the school’s first principal, said at a recent dedication ceremony. Clark spent years planning the project before she retired last year. CAMS is a 600-student regional high school at Cal State Dominguez Hills and is run by the Long Beach Unified School District. The school is widely recognized for sending its graduates to top math, science and engineering college programs. By encouraging students to pursue math and science degrees, Northrop Grumman boosts the caliber of its own job applicants. Earlier this school year, a ranking of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report included CAMS, which ranked 21st among the nation’s 19,000 public high schools. Newsweek also ranks CAMS?among America’s best high schools.