Inspiring the Next Generation
with the Science of Space Exploration
The people who work for The Aerospace Corporation are part of a challenging, vigorous, and rewarding field. Humans have achieved orbit, landed on and explored the moon, and sent spacecraft on incredibly long exploratory journeys to the planets, the sun, and the stars.
Aerospace is focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers who will continue the work of companies like ours through our commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) outreach to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our goal is to encourage students to explore and pursue a career serving the national interest.
Aerospace supports STEM projects and programs in many ways, such as by providing mentors who demonstrate the value of a STEM education. Our efforts are focused mainly on junior high and high school students who are often unaware of the exciting career opportunities available to them when they excel in science and math. Our employees enhance the image of those rewarding careers by working directly with the students.
Robert H. Herndon Memorial Science Competition
Aerospace’s marquee STEM-based program is The Robert H. Herndon Memorial Science Competition, established in 1977 in memory of Mr. Robert H. Herndon, an engineer at Aerospace who served as a mentor for many at the corporation.
The main component of this annual event is a science fair in which individuals and teams of students are challenged to create innovative science projects based on scientific facts and principles. Essays by individual students may also be submitted in lieu of projects. A team of Aerospace employees judges the science fair and individual essays.
Students are encouraged to develop unique scientific and engineering approaches to questions, and to investigate and demonstrate their projects. This directed research, coupled with the feedback and judging of the projects by real-world engineers and scientists, shows the students the challenge and excitement associated with STEM-based careers.
Aerospace partners with K-12 schools to provide onsite tours of our facilities. The tours benefit the students by offering them the chance to see what the workplace is like and helping them envision what their futures could be. Aerospace benefits by inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists, developing a solid intern base, and gaining the opportunity to be viewed as an employer of choice for future graduates.
Please contact us to learn more about Aerospace STEM activities.