Electronic Systems (ES) has enjoyed a long-standing strategic partnership with FIRST® Robotics - supporting both the FIRST® Lego League (FLL) and the FIRST® Robotics Competition for nearly 20 years and contributing more than $8.7M to teams and events during that time. Many employees volunteer as team mentors for FIRST® Robotics and FIRST® Lego Leagues, encouraging future generations to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math.
BAE Systems Summer STEM Scholars Initiative
In partnership with the University of New Hampshire (UNH), ES provides scholarships to high school students to attend UNH’s Tech Leaders summer program. This program features both a camper-selected, two-week long engineering project and leadership and entrepreneurship activities for students with an interest in STEM. In addition, several Engineering employees help to develop the curriculum, working with UNH to help prepare students for STEM careers of the future.
High School Programs
We know that passion for science and technology starts early, which is why ES has several programs dedicated to provide high school students with hands-on experience in STEM through intensive programs at BAE Systems facilities. Our Fostering Opportunities and Careers Utilizing STEM (FOCUS) program invites students to participate in a 12-week course where they receive instruction and mentoring by ES employees while teaming up with other students to use what they learn to build a working robot. Our Women in Technology (WIT) program hosts young women in high school for 6-weeks while they learn about emerging technologies through hands-on activities and complete an internship upon graduation from the program. In the past five years, over 500 students have graduated from these programs.
We sponsor many programs at the college/university level to enable students to advance their education and be successful in high-tech careers. From our partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology “Beaver Works” program to supporting Girl Day at University of Texas, Austin – you’ll find BAE Systems partnering with academia throughout U.S. and in the U.K. in order to build the pipeline of talent for careers of the future.