L3Harris Supports STEM Programs That Reach for the Stars
As L3Harris deploys innovations that investigate the universe and connect people back on Earth, the company is also investing in one of the most vital components to the future of space – STEM education.
While expanding a wide net of space-based technology used across the globe every day, L3Harris is also building on its legacy of supporting efforts to attract the next generation aerospace workforce through science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.
In the second half of 2019, the L3Harris Foundation is donating funds to programs aimed at attracting students to space-oriented careers.
L3Harris is working with three major space STEM initiatives:
- Space in the Community – A Space Foundation series of hands-on events in communities around the country aimed at developing STEM pipelines in K-12 educational systems to increase the future workforce and strengthen economic development. Activities include visits with astronauts, classroom projects and professional development workshops for teachers.
- StellarXplorers – An Air Force Association design competition that highlights all aspects of system development and operation focused on spacecraft and payloads. Student teams are given a mission scenario and must design a working solution that includes details like launch vehicle planning, orbit determination and satellite component selection.
- Astronauts Memorial Foundation – A non-profit that includes the Center for Space Education, which hosts STEM educational programs for K-12 grade levels and teacher training at its facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center on Florida’s Space Coast.
These activities continue a legacy of strong L3Harris support for STEM education that have had a major positive impact on communities where employees live and work. Since 2008, the company has invested more than $22 million to support STEM projects at the elementary, middle, high school and university levels.
L3Harris employees have also volunteered thousands of hours to directly support STEM education initiatives in their local communities, including giving presentations in classrooms and hosting students at L3Harris facilities.
Space-related STEM education initiatives are especially important as the United States is on the cusp of major exploration program expansions in the coming years and decades. American astronauts are scheduled to return to space from U.S. soil before the end of 2019. NASA is also working on the next generation of deep space exploration in the coming years with the Artemis lunar exploration program, which plans to send humans, including the first woman, to the moon by 2024.
By supporting STEM education programs, L3Harris is inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers that will take space exploration even further into the universe.