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.

Engineering autonomous vehicles, exploring space, defending cyber networks and examining environmental issues are just a few examples of the skills students and teachers develop through programs we support.


Education Outreach Initiatives, Partners and Programs


United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) 4

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Graph showing the number of students impacted by Northrop Grumman community and STEM efforts from 2015 - 2020

By 2030, we aim to help increase math and science proficiency for 350,000 students by providing professional development to middle school educators.
Our goal is based on:

  • Professional development provided to a minimum of 81 teachers per year
  • Teachers stay in the field for two additional years after receiving the professional development, three years total
  • Each teacher reaches approximately 100 students per year, 300 over the course of three years

2020 Impact:

  • Professional development was provided to 151 new teachers, equating to an estimated 15,100 students
  • The 586 teachers who participated in these programs in 2018 (251) and 2019 (335) impacted an additional 58,600 students this year
  • In total, 73,700 students were reached

Since 2013, we have helped to increase math and science proficiency for approximately 272,180 students.


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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