STEM Education

As part of our mission to make a difference through our work, Iridium is committed to supporting STEM education for the next generation of innovators. We’re supporting youth across the world through educational and internship opportunities, community and global partnerships, and employee volunteerism.


Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

After our first-generation satellites were launched (still a part of Motorola at the time), a prototype of our original satellites was donated to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. This prototype, along with several other Iridium artifacts can be found at the Smithsonian’s facilities in Washington, DC and Chantilly, VA.

We completed the Iridium NEXT launch program in 2019, which completely replaced the first-generation satellite constellation. We continue to work closely with the Smithsonian team to provide additional pieces of satellite communications history for new exhibits underway as part of the Smithsonian’s seven-year renovation project.

For more information on the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, and where to view Iridium Satellite artifacts, please visit the Smithsonian’s website.


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Our Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC) employees are proud to partner with schools and teachers through AAAS to help develop and conduct science lesson plans and classroom experiments. Through this partnership, our employee volunteers engage and excite elementary, middle, and high school students in STEM projects and help showcase their real-world applications.


Loudoun County Public Schools-Business Partnership

We are proud to serve as a school-business partner for Loudoun County Public Schools in Northern Virginia, near our Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC). This commitment allows our employees to volunteer at Loudoun County Public Schools to teach students various STEM topics. Most recently, our satellite engineers hosted interactive presentations on Aerospace Engineering at the Academy of Engineering & Technology at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, VA. Iridium was recognized through the school-business partnership program in both the “STEM/IT” and “Enhancing our Excellence” categories.


Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School Work Study Program

We are a proud corporate partner of the Don Bosco Corporate Work Study program. Since joining the program in 2015, we have invited students at the Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School to join our workforce for the entire academic school year, learning valuable skills and preparing them to succeed in college and beyond. The Don Bosco Corporate Work Study Program was designed to empower and enable college-bound under-resourced students to succeed in the professional workplace.

To learn more, please visit the Don Bosco Cristo Rey website.


George Mason University’s “Take a Patriot to Work” Day

We have partnered with George Mason University (GMU) to participate in their annual “Take a Patriot to Work Day.” This annual event allows local companies to welcome GMU students to their worksite for a one-day job shadow. Employees at our Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC) host students ranging from freshman to senior in various engineering tracks. During the event, students receive a tour of the facility, attended a lunch and learn, and shadow different Iridium team members.During the event, students receive a tour of the facility, attend a lunch and learn, and shadow different Iridium team members. In the past, students had the opportunity to be a part of an L-Band activation for one of the Iridium® NEXT satellites!


College Summer Intern Program

Iridium is proud to offer college students the opportunity to participate in the Iridium Summer Internship Program. Internship opportunities are available in our Virginia and Arizona facilities.


Bring Your Child to Work Day

Every year, we open the doors at all of our corporate facilities to the children of our employees for Bring Your Child to Work Day. Our kids spend the day learning about satellite communications, the future of Space, how Iridium fits into the New Space phenomenon – and of course, what their parents do all day!

Read more about the 2018 Bring Your Child to Work Day activities on the Iridium Blog.


Satellite Network Operations Center Tours

Our Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC) in Leesburg, Virginia is where the magic happens! From preparing for satellite launches to monitoring the Iridium network, our engineers are on duty 24 hours a day to ensure Iridium network users are provided an optimal experience. Our team welcomes local science classes and clubs to tour the SNOC and meet with our engineers to learn more about Iridium operations and aerospace engineering.

If you are interested in organizing a tour for your class or club to the Iridium SNOC, please contact Melissa Ferguson at Melissa.Ferguson@iridium.com.