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[January 27, 2009] -- Da Vinci Schools and officials from Northrop Grumman hosted a grand opening event, officially dedicating the new Northrop Grumman Innovation Lab at Da Vinci Schools. More than 300 company executives, public officials, Wiseburn School District officials, and Da Vinci Schools board members, faculty, staff and students attended the opening that showcased the new state-of-the-art multimedia center, where students will have access to the latest technology, including laptop computers, video cameras and television monitors. The Innovation Lab is organized into centers (Research and Development, Design and Simulation, Collaboration Corner and Project Place), where students research, design, simulate and test their real-world projects.

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The Innovation Lab would not be possible without the tremendous dedication, skill and support of many people at Northrop Grumman, including Art Lofton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Under Mr. Lofton's leadership, Northrop donated $135,000 to Da Vinci Schools to establish the Innovation Lab. Northrop employees met with our faculty on a weekly basis to discuss student learning outcomes, design of the centers, types of projects created, and hardware and software specifications. Thank you, Northrop Grumman, for supporting tomorrow's innovators and turning your vision into reality by funding, designing and building this magnificent media facility for our students. The Innovation Lab showcases the best of what can be accomplished with partnerships between our schools and the business community.

We are also very grateful for the support of Gary Ervin, Corporate Vice President and Sector President; Rick Johansson, Director of Information Technology; Scott Sommer, Operations and Administration Manager; Kent Myers, Senior Division Network Manager; and countless other Northrop employees who have logged over 1,000 hours of volunteer labor. Under the long-term partnership with Da Vinci Schools, Northrop Grumman engineers and scientists also are serving as mentors and subject matter experts supporting students and our schools' project-based learning curriculum.

We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to the following companies for their generous donations of their products and services: Absolute Software, Adobe, AGI, AutoDesk, Belkin International, Best Buy, Bowman Design Group, Cadence Design Systems, CCS, Dassault Systemes, DIRECTV, ExhibitCorp, Google, IKEA, KST Data, MathWorks, MSC Software, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Modern Line Furniture, MSC, Rhinoceros, Safe Cities Foundation, Siemens, Tek Panel, TRIL, VMware, Wolfram Research, and Xerox.

And a very special thank you to Chet Pipkin for his generous support and leadership as board president of Da Vinci Schools' Board of Trustees.