Increasing the U.S. STEM Talent Pool by Reaching as Many Students and Influencers as Possible

The Air Force provides numerous K-12 STEM outreach opportunities across more than 40 locations each year. Our Airmen, both military and civilian, serve as mentors, science fair judges, and guest speakers. They also provide tours, hands-on demonstrations, and many other learning opportunities for local schools. The Air Force also partners with national K-12 STEM outreach programs to make these outstanding opportunities available to K-12 students both on base and in local communities.


The Air Force STEM strategic roadmap, Bright Horizons, sets the path for all STEM activities in the Air Force. The Air Force K-12 STEM outreach program directly supports Bright Horizons Goal 4 “Outreach,” which focuses on increasing the STEM talent pool in the Air Force by exposing as many students and influencers as possible, including those underrepresented in STEM, to Airforce STEM expertise, technical facilities/equipment and STEM concepts through various local STEM outreach activities.  We also leverage research work assignments, fellowships, and university grants.

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