As a leader in the Aerospace and Defense industry, Ducommun continues to support community-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and initiatives that nurture and develop the next generation of innovators, thinkers and technicians.
In 2020, we marked our third year in partnership with the Los Angeles Chargers and University of California, Irvine, to sponsor STEM on the Sidelines™, a regional competition promoting STEM education in Los Angeles and Orange County, California high schools.
The 2020 contest shifted to an online format, where we focused on innovation and engagement with students, despite challenges presented by pandemic restrictions. Student projects were from one of two categories this year: traditional Design & Build, where they used STEM to develop a football-related device, and Minecraft, where students built a Chargers-themed Virtual World.
More than 20 high schools embraced the competition and managed COVID-related challenges in 2020, bringing the total to more than 400 students who have benefited from their involvement in STEM on the Sidelines™ since 2018.