BAE Systems, Inc. is committed to education and skills development throughout its global business. They believe it is vital to encourage young people to consider careers in science and engineering.
In the U.S., they are involved in a range of activities, including the FIRST (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) program, an international engineering-based competition. In FIRST, high school students develop team-building and engineering skills by designing and building robots that can accomplish a range of tasks.
Through the NASA Space Grant Exploration Systems and the University of New Hampshire, BAE Systems offers four summer internships to UNH undergraduate students studying engineering or physics. Interns are assigned to BAE Systems' Space Systems location in Merrimack, N.H. BAE Systems has also established a graduate fellowship for engineering students at UNH.
Locally, the Nashua, N.H., unit of BAE Systems North America supports NH high school students competing in the FIRST robotics challenge. They financially support a high school team, and the BAE staff mentors that team in designing, building and testing their competition robots. Their employees also serve as N.H. First LEGO League partner, bringing this middle school program to future engineers. BAE Systems FOCUS (Fostering Opportunities and Careers Utilizing STEM) engages high school aged students in the Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts areas in activities to help promote interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Education outreach: https://www.baesystems.com/en/our-company/education