Our Commitment to STEM Education

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees Define Possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

To continue to innovate and excel, it is imperative for us to help develop students’ abilities and interest in STEM to place them on a path towards workforce readiness. Our education strategy focuses on engineering- and technology-based programs and initiatives that excite, engage, and educate students and serve as professional development resources for teachers, with a primary focus on middle grades.

There is a decline in women and minority students going into STEM careers. At Northrop Grumman we value diversity of thought and believe it is integral to creativity, problem solving and innovation. Starting in 2021, we will dedicate 50% of our education funding to resources or programs that support social justice through diversity, equity and inclusion.

In 2015, we developed a goal aimed at helping to increase math and science proficiency for 350,000 students by providing professional development opportunities to teachers. We achieved and surpassed our goal in 2021, reaching an estimated 353,180 students.

Although we met our goal early, we know there is more work to be done to decrease disparities in K-12 STEM education. In 2022, we set a new goal to impact 10,000,000 underrepresented students in STEM, including people of color, females, low-income, persons with disabilities, and indigenous people. This will be accomplished through informal STEM exposure, formal STEM programming and professional development for teachers.


Education Outreach Initiatives, Partners and Programs


STEM Education Partnership Case Study: A Collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Baltimore City Public Schools System

In 2015, after the unrest in Baltimore City, Northrop Grumman and UMBC collaborated to create a comprehensive strategy geared at uplifting the local community by providing robust curriculum-based STEM education resources, relevant professional development for teachers and state-of-the-art technology at three Baltimore City Schools: Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove and Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High School. Read the case study here.

Learn more about our STEM education strategy or email STEMEducation@ngc.com with questions.


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