Harris Corporation (HRS) will fund the Space Foundation’s Space in the Community (SITC) program for the third consecutive year and add its first-ever grant to the Air Force Association’s StellarXplorers STEM program. The program furthers science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies – helping to foster the next generation of space innovators.

The SITC program grants will support schools in Colorado and Florida – regions where Harris has significant operations. SITC is an immersive program for students, parents, teachers and community members designed to inform and inspire them about space and reinforce the importance of STEM.

“STEM education is vital to the future of our space program and our nation’s technology leadership,” said William M. Brown, chairman, president and CEO of Harris. “These grants enable students in Colorado, Florida and around the country to become future scientists who will challenge technical boundaries and expand our universe in ways we never thought possible.”

Harris’ Air Force Association grant will support the StellarXplorers National High School Space Challenge, a nationwide program, that invites teams of students to use space systems engineering principles to solve a problem remotely through four Space Challenge rounds. Winners receive an all-expense paid trip to the national finals, which are held annually at the Space Foundation Discovery Center.