Around the world, we’re helping to train the scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who will be important to tomorrow’s economy.


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The number of students and STEM Professionals that US2020 and Alcoa Foundation hope to reach via a new online STEM mentoring platform

As the global economy evolves, so do the skills that will be needed by tomorrow’s leaders. To prepare the communities where Alcoa operates for the world to come, the Alcoa Foundation focuses on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies.


To increase diversity in these fields, we place special emphasis on engaging girls, women, and other under-represented groups to pursue science and technology careers.


Junior Achievement



The Alcoa Foundation and Junior Achievement are helping young people around the world imagine a new path for their future. We’re encouraging high school students in Canada, Brazil, China, France, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. As part of the initiative, students gain access to digital tools and information that help them understand their career options at different stages of their education and professional development.


Academy of Model Aeronautics



Alcoa employees volunteer using flight research kits to engage elementary and middle school students in Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States in the design and flight of the FPG-9 – Foam Plate Glider 9” diameter plate.


FIRST Tech Challenge



When students get a chance to turn what’s learned in the classroom into an exciting hands-on project, it can be a life-changing experience. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor the FIRST Tech Challenge, a real-world robotics competition that shows the exciting side of engineering. Teams of high school students in China, Europe, and the United States are mentored and coached in STEM principles and rapid prototyping as they build their robots and refabricate their creations in alliances against other teams.


Society for Science and the Public



Alcoa Foundation is building partnerships with the most innovative and effective partners in STEM education. Society for Science and the Public (SSP) is delivering STEM content and experiences to students in new and powerful ways.


Through Alcoa Foundation’s partnership, SSP will deliver their innovative STEM education content to over 100 schools and tens of thousands of students in Alcoa communities. SSP’s innovative new Science News in High Schools program will help educators implement two critical principles of science education: to make students aware that science is full of mysteries to solve and alive all around them, and to tie learning to the emerging state education standards for reading comprehension and science.


Alcoa Foundation is also proud to partner with SSP to support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’s Education Day. The event brings in thousands of local students to see some of the world’s brightest students’ projects in this world-renowned competition. Education Day sparks the curiosity and creativity of the K-12 students who attend, while fostering a lifelong love of learning by delivering a significant positive impact on local STEM education efforts.

US 2020



US2020 and Alcoa Foundation’s partnership aims to support and grow the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Mentoring Movement. The two organizations will work together to create an online STEM mentor training platform reaching 20,000 students and STEM professionals. Additionally, the US2020 mentoring program will expand to include the Greater Los Angeles area, increasing learning opportunities for 2,500 local students underrepresented in STEM. 


The Los Angeles region has seen a dramatic growth in demand for STEM professionals. The resulting high concentration of STEM professionals can work directly with youth and serve as career role models.   Through the Alcoa Foundation partnership, US2020 will strengthen and expand its nonprofit partnerships to 10-12 national and regional youth-serving organizations in Los Angeles. The goal is to engage new and existing corporate partners and actively recruit STEM professional volunteers to these high-quality mentorship programs.