With a company history built upon decades of science and engineering expertise, Aerojet Rocketdyne is committed to championing STEM (Science ● Technology ● Engineering ● Mathematics) education and careers at all levels of education. Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to promote STEM literacy through these avenues:
FIRST’s (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) goal is to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders. FIRST does this through local, regional, state and national competitions to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation funds local school teams pursuing their quest to compete in the national FIRST competitions.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Middle School Science Fair
To encourage students to explore the fascinating worlds of science, the Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation established the Aerojet Rocketdyne Middle School Science Fair in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District in 2002. Since then, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students prepare science projects in physical, earth and life sciences to discover the fun in studying science. Aerojet Rocketdyne employees volunteer their time to judge the science fair projects, to recognize student achievement and support school-community-industry involvement in student learning.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is hands-on, project-based engineering courses for high schools and middle schools and biomedical sciences courses for high schools to engage students on multiple levels, expose them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. The Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation is a member of the PLTW Network in the Sacramento region and is a fund provider for PLTW in Sacramento and Camden.
Team America Rocketry Challenge
Created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight, the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) program is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry, with co-sponsorship by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Defense Department, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and 34 AIA member companies, including Aerojet Rocketdyne. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a corporate sponsor of the annual TARC competition, and the Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation funds local high school teams in our various communities, with Aerojet Rocketdyne employees serving as volunteer team mentors.