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STEM Outreach

The Air Force Research Laboratory hires some of the best scientists and engineers in the country, challenging them to find solutions to problems our warfighters face today and to perform research and development for the military needs of the future.  The STEM Outreach program was developed based on this initiative.  Our mission is to inspire students to consider STEM careers, especially in the fields of:

  • Robotics
  • Material Science
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Optics/Photonics
  • Bio-Technology
  • Computer Science/Simulation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

By partnering with FIRST Programs, LEGACY Craftsman Camps, and the AFRL Scholars Program we are actively engaging students across Northwest Florida from Pensacola to Panama City to consider a career in science.

FIRST® Programs

The Doolittle Institute proudly manages the FIRST® LEGO® League: Explore, FIRST® LEGO® League: Challenge, and FIRST® Tech Challenge: AeroCoast league programs, preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

FIRST® Events & Schedules

LEGACY Craftsman Camps

During the summer of 2018, the Doolittle Institute introduced the AFRL LEGACY Craftsman program to Northwest Florida. LEGACY is intended to introduce STEM at a young age, continue growing students’ interest in STEM, and eventually hire these students into a STEM driven Air Force career. Craftsman is a free, STEM-inspired, hands-on camp for 11- to 15-year-old students. Registration for returning campers begins in November, registration for new campers begins in January.

AFRL Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work. In addition to opportunities to perform research for the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate as a Hap Arnold(graduate level college) or Air Armament(undergraduate college) Scholar, you can apply to be a Doolittle Scholar(upper-level high school or college) and assist with our STEM Educational Outreach Programs.  More Information