Lockheed Martin Unit Presents Da Vinci Award To Rosemount Elementary School Student
EAGAN, MINN, 04/24/2009 --
Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Dr. Robert Monson recently presented the first-ever DaVinci Award to Rosemount Elementary school student Joan Yambing, age 10, during the Young Inventor's Fair at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.
The DaVinci Award was created by Lockheed Martin's business in Eagan to recognize innovation and problem solving. It is given to students who exhibit unquenchable curiosity and a spirit of innovation.
Yambing received the award for her Foot Elevator invention which consists of a wooden foot rest surrounded by Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) piping with two air pumps on either side. When the air pumps are engaged, the foot stool rises. Pull another lever, and the foot stool descends back to its original position.
"I created the Foot Elevator because my grandmother had trouble bending over to put on her shoes and socks," said Yambing, a fifth grade student at Rosemount Elementary school. "I tried a couple of different designs until I found this solution."
The annual Young Inventors Fair celebrates the special accomplishments of the top 100 young inventors in grades four through nine, and provides the opportunity to display their inventions each year to the public. For 29 years, the Young Inventors Program has supported students, from their initial brainstormed ideas to development of productive solutions. Lockheed Martin is a sponsor of the Fair and provides volunteers who serve as judges, program printing and by hosting entrants and their parents for a tour and lunch at the company's facility in Eagan.
"This unique program follows a specific inquiry process to develop and evaluate an original invention; giving students specific research and problem solving skills for application throughout their lives," said Dr. Monson, Young Inventor Fair champion and a Lockheed Martin Inventor of the Year award recipient with over 60 Lockheed Martin patents. "Our DaVinci Award recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to solve problems."
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 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 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.