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Draper Laboratory
555 Technology Square Cambridge, MA
STEM Contact: Ellen Avery ♦ (617) 258-2196 ♦


Business Description

Draper Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit, applied research and development laboratory committed to solving important problems for the government and commercial sponsors. Our 1200 engineers, scientists, and support personnel represent a variety of disciplines and are contributing to the development of new technologies and systems for security, space, energy and healthcare.

STEM Partnership Summary

Funding: Draper Laboratory has a long-standing and extensive community outreach program that was formalized in1984. Aligned to the Lab’s business interests and educational mission, this program demonstrates a strong investment in the local community's quality of life. Reflecting the Draper’s mission of advancing technical education, more than half of the organizations that receive financial support from Draper have education at the heart of the programming the Lab funds. For more information visit:

Grants: Draper is strongly committed to helping enhance the welfare of the local community through the direct support of grants, sponsorships and in-kind services.

STEM Outreach: Draper Laboratory is proud to support STEM education from K-12 through its Community Relations Programs.  Often, the expertise and time that Draper Laboratory staff volunteer have an even greater impact on the success of educational programming than the dollars we provide. From supporting US FIRST Robotics teams, to helping Girl Scouts earn their engineering badges, to hosting a group of young women studying rocket science at the Lab, Draper’s volunteers and mentors help to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become excited by engineering and technology. Details about the Lab’s K-12 programs can be found at:

Guest Speakers, Tours and Mentors: Draper supports employees' involvement in a wide variety of outreach initiatives.  Our engineers visit schools and classrooms, we host students in grades 6+ for tours of the Lab, and we provide mentors to students through school-year internship and coop programs.

Summer Internships: Draper annually offers highly selective summer research internships for Cambridge high school students.

Education Programs: Draper Laboratory employs postsecondary students in nearly all of our offices around the country. This can include Co-op employment and programs, part-time employment during the academic year, and full-time employment during school breaks. Students include rising college Freshman through Graduate Students. Additionally, the Draper Laboratory Fellow (DLF) Program sponsors about 50 graduate students each year by working with the student’s home university to provide a sponsored Research Assistant position.  For more information about the Lab’s university-level programs, please see:

Types of Educational Outreach Opportunities

Guest Speakers
Representatives for Career Fairs
Mentor Programs
Advisory Board Representatives
Grants or Foundation Opportunities
Web Resources

Target Population

Grades K-12

Academic Subjects Related to Activities

Biomedical Engineering
Communication (reading, writing, speaking)





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