The Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) Foundation, formerly GenCorp Foundation, is proud to partner with many educational organizations to support STEM – Science Technology Engineering Math – education in our communities. (For a complete listing of AR Foundation grantees, please see our 2014-2015 Year in Review Report.)
- Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Challenger Center for Space Science Education offers dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities to students around the world. Through Challenger Learning Centers – students have the chance to become astronauts and engineers and solve real-world problems as they share the thrill of discovery on missions through the solar system. Using space simulation and role-playing strategies, students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate the skills needed for future success. Learning centers reach into communities around the globe, engaging more than 400,000 middle school-age students and 40,000 educators each year.
- Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.
- Science Buddies
Science Buddies is an award-winning, nonprofit that empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.
- Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve, and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts, which provide a foundation for scholarly research, and lifelong learning programs that inspire an interest in and understanding of science, technology, and the humanities.
- Pacific Science Center
Located in Seattle, at the base of the famous Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.
- Powerhouse Science Center
Sacramento will soon be home to a high-tech, hands-on, science museum that immerses our children—and our children’s children—in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Aerospace Museum of California
The Aerospace Museum of California is one of aviation’s great showcases in Sacramento. The Museum provides a world class opportunity to learn about and celebrate aviation’s past, present and future. It’s where children of all ages can explore, climb into, or imagine what it would be like to soar through the skies.
- U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, serves as the official NASA Visitor Center for Marshall Space Flight Center and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
- Infinity Science Center
A NASA visitor center, the Infinity Science Center is the newest regional attraction to engage the next generation of explorers. Visitors will have fun exploring the farthest reaches of outer space, the uncharted depths of the oceans and the varied layers of the Earth.
- Explore Mars, Inc.
Explore Mars conducts programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and/or improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. In addition, to embed the idea of Mars as a habitable planet, Explore Mars challenges educators to use Mars in the classroom as a tool to teach standard STEM curricula.
- Washington Aerospace Scholars
Washington Aerospace Scholars is an educational program for high school juniors from across Washington State. The WAS program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages students to consider careers in these fields.
- FIRST Robotics
FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
- VEX Robotics
VEX Robotics is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams around the world, supporting Project Lead the Way and BEST Robotics competitions.
- Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), TARC was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but by popular demand became an annual program.
- National Merit Scholarship Corporation
The AR Foundation offers scholarships to the children of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings employees through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which recognizes academic achievement.
- American Red Cross
In times of natural disaster, the AR Foundation provides matching funds to employee donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.