Lockheed Martin Employees Support American Education Week in Central Florida
ORLANDO, FL, 11/18/2009 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Central Florida employees will reach out to area classrooms today in support of Orange County Public Schools' annual "Teach-In." In celebration of American Education Week, employees will lead engaging classroom activities and discussions highlighting academics, careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
During this year's Teach-In, Lockheed Martin employees will visit multiple classrooms at 20 schools throughout Central Florida, reaching an estimated 1,500 students.
"We are proud of our active partnership with the Central Florida community and schools to promote educational excellence," said Tom Simmons, vice president of Fire Control at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Innovation and creativity are a part of our corporate culture, and activities like Teach-In allow us to share that with students to generate excitement about math and science."
In addition to participating in the annual Teach-In, Lockheed Martin Central Florida employees dedicate their time to teach and mentor area students through numerous other volunteer programs. Activities such as "Read 2 Succeed" and "Math Mentoring" allow employees to connect with Central Florida students on a regular basis, providing consistent learning opportunities over the course of the school year.
"Teach-In is an opportunity to explain, show and dialogue with students about how they are really already living the life of young engineers, but maybe without the formality of equations and terminology," said Mark Langevin, a participant and systems engineer for the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System at Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support. "Sometimes they just need a little help from an ‘outsider' to spark the inquisitiveness enabling them to see what is already there."
Since 2002, Lockheed Martin employees across the corporation have logged nearly five million volunteer hours in their communities. As one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week, the National Education Association encourages all members of the community to get involved by participating in a local event, volunteering in an afterschool program, attending a school activity or organizing an event.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 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 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.