Education Partnerships in the UK

We are passionate about our education partnerships in the UK. Northrop Grumman recognises the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the future of the UK.

Three female STAAR students repairing an aircraft engine

STEM in the UK

Science-based expertise is at the heart of our high-technology culture, society and economy and Northrop Grumman in the UK is passionate about encouraging, inspiring and supporting future generations to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers.

The shortage of science-based talent in our workplaces and universities represents a serious challenge for our industry. Science-based expertise is at the heart of our high-technology culture, society and economy.

We work with partners to give young people the experiences and opportunities to inspire them in science and technology and so open the door to new future career opportunities and we support leading edge projects and research at undergraduate and graduate level.


Our UK STEM Programmes for Young People

We are passionate about inspiring young people in STEM as we believe engaging future generations in STEM subjects is not only crucial for a young person's educational development, but also to the future of UK industry. Our programmes give young people the opportunity to engage in and experience fun and creative real-world technology and engineering, to inspire them to investigate STEM careers.

University Partnerships

We have strong relationships with UK Universities, encouraging research and development in key areas of engineering, quantum computing, autonomous systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

In partnership, we support the understanding and exploitation of future technologies that will create world leading expertise that is critical to protecting the UK, developing sovereign capabilities and growing a viable innovative, hi-tech economy.

Many of our University partners are also integral to STEM outreach, engaging with teachers and pupils in their local schools.



Created to inspire 12-18 years olds to engage in STEM subjects and the exciting career opportunities this opens in cyber, CyberCenturion is the UK’s first team-based cyber security competition. CyberCenturion is the UK version of the proven global CyberPatriot competition and is delivered in the UK by our partner STEM Learning. Over three live competitive rounds, teams identify and solve problems and undertake a series of tasks on virtual machines, to maintain and secure networks. The top scoring junior and senior teams across all categories are invited to compete in the annual national final. The most recent cohort of 2022 – 2023 participants travelled to STEM Learning’s Head Quarters in York where the exciting competition final took place. As we move into the tenth year of the competition, we look forward to seeing another competition cycle of teams work together to develop technical abilities and professional skills such as teamwork, problem solving, communication and perseverance, that employers value.

Find out more about CyberCenturion


UK STAAR Residency Logo


As part of our commitment to encouraging, inspiring and supporting young people to engage in STEM subjects and careers, Northrop Grumman in the UK funds the Royal Airforce Museum’s Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency programme (STAAR). Working alongside the Museum’s team we have developed and deliver an unforgettable programme for children excited about discovering the extraordinary applications of a STEM education.

STAAR has been designed to give young people a unique experience that will help them understand more about advanced aerospace systems engineering and encourage them to take up further studies and consider careers in STEM related fields.

14 and 15 year olds in the UK can spend a week at RAF Cosford, experiencing aerospace technologies and engineering with practical activities and learning.

The STAAR summer camp is hosted by the Royal Air Force Museum Logo Cosford and the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford with support and input from Northrop Grumman.

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Space Camp

Building and launching rockets, experiencing weightlessness in an astronaut-training simulator and simulated space travel preparation are all part of the Space Camp experience for students from the UK.

At the same time teachers attend the Space Academy for Educators, a programme designed to provide them with the tools and resources to enhance how they demonstrate STEM concepts in their classrooms.

Northrop Grumman sponsors UK students and teachers to attend this amazing week-long camp in Alabama, USA along with more than 100 other participants sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation from around the world.

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The RAF Museum

We are proud to be a long-term supporter of the Royal Air Force Museum, sharing the same commitment to encouraging and inspiring young people to develop a lifelong passion in aerospace STEM and the extraordinary work of the RAF.

Central to our support of the RAF Museum is a project aimed encouraging open, informed and healthy debate about how we use new and emerging technologies, such as AI and Autonomy. That’s why we’ve worked closely with the RAF Museum in Hendon to create an interactive Debating Arena - an exciting interactive educational space designed to develop young people’s critical thinking skills and bring a diversity of voices to the fore.

Find out more about the Museum

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