More Than 2,000 Local Students Explore Space With Lockheed Martin
MOORESTOWN, NJ, 05/02/2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] employees visited elementary and middle schools across Southern New Jersey today to share the excitement of space exploration with more than 2,000 local students.
Under Space Day 2008's theme, 50 Years of NASA History – marking the space agency's golden anniversary – Lockheed Martin employees visited nearly 30 Burlington and Camden Counties schools. The goal was to promote math, science, technology and engineering education by nurturing young peoples' enthusiasm for space exploration and inspiring them to continue the work of today's space explorers. The Lockheed Martin employees discussed real-world science and math applications, and then led hands-on activities for the students demonstrating them.
Space Day represents the ever-growing partnership between Lockheed Martin and the schools in our local community, said Orlando Carvalho, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's business in Moorestown. When our employees team-up with local educators, it provides students the opportunity to explore their curiosity and ultimately understand the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in space exploration.
The company's Space Day outreach also includes sponsorship of Signatures in Space, a program which gives the students the opportunity to send their personal signatures into space, and an essay contest, for which a winner will be announced in the coming month.
Since its launch in 1997, the Space Day educational initiative, which takes place on the first Friday of each May, has evolved into a massive grassroots effort with an international scope. The award-winning program involves hundreds of thousands of teachers and millions of students throughout the United States, Canada and beyond.
This year, the annual Space Day event takes place during National Volunteer Week 2008. The classroom visits represent just one of the many volunteer initiatives Lockheed Martin employees spearhead throughout the year. Nearly 200 Lockheed Martin employees in Moorestown were honored during the National Volunteer Week activities for each volunteering more than 100 hours of service in 2007.
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.