Embark on a Journey of Discovery with the Air & Space STEM Outreach Program

Welcome to the Air & Space STEM Outreach Program, where curiosity meets opportunity and the future of STEM unfolds. Our mission is clear—to cultivate the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technologists who will shape the landscape of defense laboratories and contribute to U.S. innovation. RI STEM is the local division representing the AFRL Information Directorate in Rome, NY.

Our Approach: Connecting and Inspiring

To achieve our mission, we believe in the power of connection. By bringing together businesses, government foundations, higher education institutions, professional organizations, schools, teachers, and students, we create a collaborative ecosystem that fuels the passion for STEM.

Program Highlights: Unveiling Pathways to STEM Success


  • Real-World Challenges: High school competitions addressing problems defined by senior researchers at AFRL/RI.
  • Internship Opportunities: Annual Challenge Competition where students vie for paid summer internships at AFRL/RI and local companies.
  • Learn more about Competitions

In School Programs:

  • Access to Engineers: Bridging the gap between classrooms and real-world application.
  • Career & Science Fairs: Exploring diverse STEM career paths and networking opportunities.
  • CyberPatriot Competition: Cultivating cybersecurity skills through friendly competition.
  • Explore In School Programs

Summer Programs:

  • Beyond the Classroom: Providing in-person opportunities for students to enhance their STEM education.
  • Real Skills, Real Careers: Practical skills application for a direct transition to STEM careers.
  • Discover Summer Programs

STEM News:

  • Stay Informed: Explore recent articles and videos on our STEM News page, keeping you updated on the latest developments.
  • Visit STEM News


Contact Information:

Air Force Research Lab

Griffiss Institute

Join the STEM Revolution!

Are you ready to embark on a journey of discovery, innovation, and STEM excellence? Connect with us, explore the possibilities, and be part of shaping a future where STEM knows no bounds. The Air & Space STEM Outreach Program awaits—let’s unfold the future together!

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