STEM Education

We pave the way for the devices, applications, services and business models of tomorrow. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education supports the brainpower behind the inventions that we bring to life.

Cultivating tomorrow's workforce.

We are increasing access to STEM education through programs that reach and inspire students at all levels and from all backgrounds.  Our STEM activities are aimed at inspiring greater diversity in these fields and expanding opportunities for underrepresented students. We are nurturing the next generation of inventors and technologists—ultimately helping people around the globe address future challenges.

Sparking young minds at Thinkabit Lab.

First launched at our San Diego headquarters in 2014, the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ brings students and educators into a dedicated space—part lab, makerspace and classroom—to foster problem-solving, creativity and collaboration and help develop critical skills needed for 21st century jobs.  Our Thinkabit Lab model, encompassing the World of Work and hands-on STEM exposure, has inspired schools and other companies to open their own labs, not only in San Diego, but also in the DC area thanks to our collaboration with Virginia Tech. For many students, Thinkabit Lab is their first exposure to STEM fields. 


Learn more about Thinkabit Lab

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Let the STEM games begin with FIRST®.

Qualcomm has been a strong supporter of FIRST and its robotics programs for more than 10 years. As a FIRST Strategic Partner, Qualcomm provides a wide range of support that includes technology integration in the FIRST Tech Challenge control system, thousands of volunteer hours from employees across the globe, as well as substantial philanthropic contributions to support teams, events, and program growth. Members of our senior management team serve as advisors and judges, and our Executive Chairman, Paul Jacobs, serves on the FIRST Board.


Read a recent case study about Qualcomm’s commitment to FIRST


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Empowering women of all ages through WeTech.

In September 2013, Qualcomm announced the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) program in collaboration with the Institute of International Education and other public/private sector organizations. WeTech aims to build a healthy pipeline of girls and women in STEM fields by linking them to opportunities including university scholarships in computer science and engineering, leadership and technical skills training, and mentorships that will prepare them for entrance to and success in high-paying tech careers.

Building the pipeline for girls in STEM through QCamp.

Qcamp for Girls in STEM Qcamp is a free-of-charge, intensive summer camp, designed to introduce and solidify middle school students’ interest in STEM fields. Qcamp launched in 2014 with 30 pre-sixth grade girls recruited from the San Diego Unified School District to participate in a two-week summer camp in Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab. Because our goal was long-term engagement with every girl, we invited all of the campers back yearly. All of the girls who participated in 2014 returned in 2015 and 2016. Following the success that the first cohort had, in 2016 Qcamp expanded its reach and offered an additional two-week session for a new cohort of pre-sixth grade girls; a one-week, first-ever session for pre-sixth grade girls and boys; and a first-ever Qcamp for Girls in China.

Engaging and supporting women globally.

We contribute and collaborate with WeTech on several programs around the world, including technology-related competitions, scholarships, leadership and technical-skills trainings, and mentorships. Through the Qualcomm Global Scholars Program, we engage with young professional women by providing scholarships and mentorships in China, India, Korea and Taiwan. Additionally, our employees volunteer to support teams of high school girls in India and the U.S. by serving as mentors in the Technovation program. Technovation Is the largest global technology and entrepreneurship competition for girls which challenges them to build mobile apps that will address a community problem.

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Qcamp for Girls in STEM: China 2016

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Our priorities.

Transformative Technology

Solutions for a sustainable world. Our innovations are helping empower people and enhancing the quality of life around the globe.

Sustainable Product Design

Protecting people and the planet. We’re focused on creating products in ways that don’t harm individuals, communities or the environment as well as sustainably procuring rare and precious materials and minerals.

Privacy and Security

Promoting data protection across the mobile ecosystem. In our Company, products and the mobile industry, we’re working to process personal data responsibly and to make data more secure.

Inclusion and Diversity

Creating a Company that reflects the world. We celebrate diversity among our employees and recognize that our varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas are critical to our success.

Ethical Governance

Doing business “The Qualcomm Way.” We’re committed to doing business with the highest level of integrity by respecting our customers, business partners and each other.