Lockheed Martin Mentors the Engineers of the Future at the Royal International Air Tattoo


Partnerships  in action inspire young people to consider STEM careers

Lockheed Martin’s commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) played out last weekend at the Royal International Air Tattoo, the largest international air show in the world.

Held annually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, the show is a major date in the annual outreach calendar and a key opportunity to inspire the engineers of the future towards careers in STEM subjects. Attended by industry partners and around 150,000 members of the public, Lockheed Martin is a key sponsor of the event – and prime sponsor for the Tri@RIAT children’s area of the show.

This year, school children were invited to participate in the Warrior Engineering Challenge, a day-long design and build project based on the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle. Under the guidance of mentors from Lockheed Martin UK’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) partners, including Atlas Composites, Defence Support Group, SciSys, Moog Components Group and Ultra Electronics, each team chose materials to fit within a given budget, worked collaboratively under the guidance of their team leader, tested their vehicles and finally competed for the “Champion’s Shield” in the Lockheed Martin arena.

The competition saw eight teams competing in the arena, but the clear winner was the Carterton Community College team, comprising Ed Bleach, Courtney Sanderson, Amy Thomson and Kai Mills, together with engineer Chris Adlington from Defence Support Group (DSG). Their vehicle design earned top marks for efficient use of materials, and the vehicle produced an immaculate run in the obstacle course, carrying a payload of ping-pong balls over a ramp and sandpit.

The judges on the day, Tom Burbage, Executive Vice President for Lockheed Martin, and Air Commodore David Bywater and Dr Jim Glover, Directors of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, were all impressed by the level of skill demonstrated by the participating children.

Tom Burbage commented: “This was a great example of focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This is our fifth year of sponsoring the competition, and it’s always amazing. We’re very proud to sponsor the future of the industry.”

Stephen Ball, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK, added:  “We take great pride in sharing our skills and knowledge in a fun, interactive manner with young students. In this way, they experience first-hand the exhilarating steps engineers and scientists follow to create products and invent technology for our industry.”

The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged annually in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust which, in turn, awards grants in support of the RAF family, including serving personnel and Air Cadets. Since it was established in January 2005, the Trustees have awarded over £1.69 million to a wide range of projects and initiatives.


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