Education Partnerships UK

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.

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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.

Officer and STAAR student looking at drone

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.

Education Partnership Recruits at Duxford Airshow

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.


CyberCenturion is the UK’s first team-based cyber security contest specifically designed to attract 12-18 year olds. The competition, led by Northrop Grumman and delivered in partnership with STEM Learning for CyberCenturion VIII, aims to engage and inspire talented young people with an interest in cyber as a way to address the national skills gap in STEM subjects and encourage careers in cyber security.

CyberCenturion is the UK version of the proven CyberPatriot competition, part of a major international youth cyber STEM education programme. Eighty percent of those who have taken part in CyberPatriot now plan to pursue a higher education course in cyber or STEM.

For more details go to:

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Northrop Grumman’s Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency (STAAR) programme is a unique, week-long residential summer camp open to students across the UK aged 14-15 years, with an interest in aerospace engineering.

The STAAR summer camp is an immersive, week-long residential programme for Year 10 students and consists of hands-on activities designed to provide a unique experience that will help them to understand more about advanced aerospace systems engineering and encourage them to take up further studies and consider careers in STEM-related fields.

Royal Air Force Museum Logo The STAAR summer camp is hosted by the RAF Museum Cosford and the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford. The course is delivered by RAF Museum STEM ambassadors, industry experts from Northrop Grumman and RAF STEM personnel.

Visit the museum’s website to access this year’s application form via

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VEX Robotics

The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the VEX Robotics Competition, which provides student teams worldwide with hands-on, curriculum-based robotics engineering programmes while also providing valuable teamwork and problem-solving experience.

The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest middle and high school robotics programme and the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation supports more than 25,000 teams from over 60 countries across the globe.

To learn more about the REC Foundation, please visit:

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Space Camp

Northrop Grumman sponsors students and teachers from schools in the UK to attend Space Camp®, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Alabama. Students and teachers from schools in the U.K. attend the week-long programme joining more than 100 other participants sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation from around the world.

Students participate in activities such as rocket building and launching, experiencing weightlessness in an astronaut-training simulator and simulating space travel preparation. The 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.

For more information go to:

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