The FUTURE as designed by U

New STEM engagement program, FUTURE U, launches for Boeing employees

September 19, 2019 in Our Commitment

FUTURE U materials are packaged and ready to go for future aerospace enthusiasts.

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Boeing Global Engagement is launching a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) engagement program, called FUTURE U. It provides unique engineering design challenges for employees and community members to use with students interested in STEM learning.

Boeing partnered with Discovery Education to create a variety of educational resources for employees to be empowered to share their passion for aerospace with the next generation. Teams of employees across the company have been creating design challenges focused on space exploration, aircraft design, satellites, sound and more. FUTURE U activities, which are available online at, also provide opportunities for students to meet and talk with Boeing employees about possible career paths.

“Whether you’re a parent looking for a fun activity for your child’s science or math night or a passionate employee who wants to engage and excite students in your community, FUTURE U offers something for every experience level,” said Jennifer Lowe, vice president of national strategy and engagement. “We’re excited to launch this program and get even more kids moving toward STEM and advanced manufacturing careers.”

FUTURE U resources are also available to educators to help them supplement their lesson plans with hands-on STEM activities. New design challenges and activities will be added to the FUTURE U website regularly.

“We want students to be excited about what we do at Boeing,” explained Heidi Crews, a Boeing structural analyst who helped create a satellite design challenge, “It’s important for students to learn the STEM concepts and how they might be able to use that knowledge as part of a career.”

“It is always exciting to see how different perspectives can solve problems in many different ways,” said Murat Piker, a Boeing Test and Evaluation mechanical systems design engineer who helped design one of the activities. “We wanted to leave parts of the design challenge open-ended so the students could use their creativity to explore new ways of transmitting data.”

By Rachel Ayres

Students work with Heidi Crews, a Boeing structural analyst who helped create the satellite design challenge, to learn about wave lengths on the electromagnetic spectrum.

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