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Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Northrop Grumman Foundation Announces New Bridge Middle as a Top 20 Finalist in National Fab School Labs Contest

Press Release | November 12, 2015


Northrop Grumman Foundation announced that New Bridge Middle School is one of 20 public middle school finalists in its Fab School Labs science classroom makeover contest.  With the support of the Onslow/Jacksonville, NC community and the public at large, New Bridge will have an opportunity to receive votes to make their dreams of a state-of-the-art science lab a reality with one of five available grants up to $100,000 each. 

New Bridge science teacher Julie Baile has indicated that voting for New Bridge Middle School will take place on one day only.  On Thursday, November 19, 2015, supporters can vote on Facebook by “liking” the New Bridge video.  Go to to vote for New Bridge on Nov. 19, 2015.  “Mrs. Baile and her students have done yet another tremendous job in highlighting the need for more STEM lab-related opportunities for students through updated science facilities.   I have high hopes for the success of this quality submission,” said Dr. Christopher Barnes, principal. 

From outdated equipment and an overall lack of functional space for students to work, to a need for more safe and secure classrooms to be able to conduct experiments, the contest submissions cast a spotlight on today’s middle school science facilities and the need to help bring them up to the learning standards required to meet the growing technological advancements and demands of our society.

The Fab School Labs contest has been designed to drive student interest in STEM by giving public middle school teachers and school administrators the chance to create the STEM lab of their dreams and provide students access to the latest learning tools and technologies that will stimulate as well as teach.

Inadequate access to funds and facilities are frequently cited problems by educators as it relates to science and mathematics education at the elementary and middle school level, according to the National Science Board and other education sources. To help meet the education demands of today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, the Northrop Grumman Foundation – through its Fab School Labs program – is helping today’s science and STEM labs and classrooms become places of inspiration, imagination and opportunity for students.

“Enhancing classroom tools is another way to help our teachers boost the science and technology learning experience for their students,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman vice president, Global Corporate Responsibility and president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “Young people are naturally inquisitive and adept at so many of the technologies we have available to us today. With the help of teachers and the community at large, we look forward to giving kids the chance to succeed and thrive as they engage in the exciting field of science, technology, engineering and math where they can let their imagination soar.”

Nearly 200 schools participated in the contest submitting videos, photos and sharing their school’s vision for a state-of-the-art science lab. The contest, which was announced earlier this year, invited teachers, principals and school administrators to share their vision for a dream science lab and to tell their school’s story through video, photos, and a brief essay. All submissions were reviewed by a team comprised of Flinn Scientific and an independent consultant. The top 20 semifinalist schools were chosen based on a scoring system that included existing classroom/lab resources, level of need, students impacted, feasibility of upgrades and plans proposed, and meeting the contest eligibility requirements and entry criteria.

To help determine the final five winning school grant recipients, Northrop Grumman Foundation will engage the public’s help via an online voting campaign hosted on the Fab School Labs Facebook page at beginning Monday, Nov. 16. Once all of the online votes have been cast, a final selection process will be conducted by the Fab School Labs team to determine the top five grant recipients. The winning schools will then work with a design and engineering company to build a lab with all of the tools, resources and furnishings needed.

To learn more about the Fab School Labs contest, visit To vote once the online public voting window is open, or to follow the competition, visit Facebook at

Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. They provide funding to sustainable STEM programs that span from preschool to high school and through collegiate levels, with a major emphasis on middle school students and teachers. In 2014, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation continued outreach efforts by contributing $15.9 million to diverse STEM-related groups such as the Air Force Association (CyberPatriot), Conservation International (ECO Classroom), the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics), National Science Teachers Association and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.


The schedule for online voting and Fab School Labs contest finalist schools, which hail from 12 states and 19 cities, are as follows:

Voting Day One - Monday, November 16

  • Benjamin Syms Middle School (Hampton, Va.)
  • Harrington Middle School (Mt. Laurel, N.J.)
  • Princess Anne Middle School (Virginia Beach, Va.)
  • Willetts Middle School (Brunswick, Ohio)


Voting Day Two - Tuesday, November 17

  • Clifton Middle School (Monrovia, Calif.)
  • Dawnwood Middle School (Centereach, N.Y.)
  • Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy (Plano, Texas)
  • Selden Middle School (Centereach, N.Y.)


Voting Day Three – Wednesday, November 18

  • Aurora Frontier P-8 (Aurora, Colo.)
  • Browns River Middle School (Jericho, Vt.)
  • Calavera Middle School (Carlsbad, Calif.)
  • Stewartville Middle School (Stewartville, Minn.)


Voting Day Four – Thursday, November 19

  • Crittenden Middle School (Newport News, Va.)
  • Louise Radloff Middle School (Duluth, Ga.)
  • Lucille M. Brown Middle School (Richmond, Va.)
  • New Bridge Middle School (Jacksonville, N.C.)


Voting Day Five – Friday, November 20

  • Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Austin, Texas)
  • Brookville Intermediate School (Brookville, Ohio)
  • Herndon Middle School (Herndon, Va.)
  • Hyde Park Middle School (Las Vegas, Nev.)
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