K-12 Education Outreach

The FIRST® connection
The anchor of our K-12 education outreach programming is a partnership with , a nonprofit organization coordinating multinational programs that team professionals and young people to solve engineering design problems in intense, fun and competitive ways.

Our partnership includes team and tournament sponsorships, teacher training and rewards, and Collins Aerospace employee and retiree involvement. FIRST is present across the United States and around the globe, making these programs available to a growing number of students and professional mentors.

To learn more about FIRST and Collins Aerospace, please click here.

Engineers Week
Collins Aerospace is a proud supporter of DiscoverE Engineers Week (EWeek). We participate in EWeek activities around the world. It’s one way we recognize and reward our employees for their contributions. And, it’s a way to encourage young people to consider engineering as a career.

EWeek activities include Introduce a Girl to Engineering, Global Day and the Global Marathon – which is for, by and about women in engineering. Free, hands-on engineering activities take place in the Eastern Iowa Corridor, as well as our other global locations.

For more information on Collins Aerospace's support of Engineers Week, please click here.

Project Lead the Way
Through partnerships with middle schools and high schools, Project Lead the Way pairs students with the most innovative and productive educators as they go through rigorous, relevant science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) coursework. An engaging, hands-on curriculum encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning.

Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world's largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry. Students are encouraged to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace through a competition that challenges teams to design, build and fly model rockets.

Approximately 7,000 students from across the United States compete in the challenge each year. Winners are invited to participate in NASA advanced rocketry programs.

Career awareness
Each year, hundreds of students shadow Collins Aerospace professionals for half a day as part of our job shadowing program, designed to introduce young people to potential careers.

Students also can explore future careers through longer-term internships and tours of Collins Aerospace facilities. These opportunities give them the chance to learn how business operates and apply classroom concepts to real-world situations.

Other experiences
Our employees work with students beyond the school day to mentor and support a variety of extracurricular activities and organizations, such as:

  • Math Olympiad
  • Real World Design Challenge
  • Invention Convention
  • Young Astronauts Club
  • Future Scientists and Engineers of America
  • Junior Achievement
  • A World in Motion
  • Electrathon
  • Pen pal programs

Engineering Experiences brochure

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K-12 education outreach