Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin. We know firsthand the importance of educating our young people in these areas. Our future success — and our nation’s technological advantage — depend on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent.
We believe strongly that advancing STEM education requires collaboration among industry, educators, policy makers and families. As an industry leader, Lockheed Martin, with an employee population that includes 60,000 engineers, scientists and IT professionals, is committed to working with these groups to develop programs that educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
To help address these challenges and strengthen the workforce pipeline, Lockheed Martin provides generous funding to STEM education outreach activities for students from elementary school through college. We are committed to supporting programs, events and campaigns that focus on student achievement, teacher development, and gender and ethnic diversity. Some of these programs include:
- 4-H Robotics: Curriculum and Clubs — A program that seeks to help young people develop their engineering and technology passion and proficiency through new, high-quality robotics curricula, use of digital technologies, robotics clubs, and competitions.
- Great Minds in STEM (GMIS) — Students participating in GMIS’ Viva Technology program experience a day filled with fun, hands-on STEM-focused activities.
- Girls, Inc. — Our pilot program connects Lockheed Martin volunteers with girls ages 9-11 to strengthen their interest and confidence in pursuing STEM education and careers.
- National Geographic Society — Lockheed Martin is working with National Geographic to develop STEM-focused film “edutainment” projects that reach teachers and students with multi-media classroom activities, teachers’ guides, and White Board and Smartboard content.
- Project Lead The Way (PLTW) — Our partnership supports PLTW’s Pathway to Engineering and Gateway to Technology programs, which are used in middle and high schools across the United States.
Lockheed Martin is also proud to be the Founding and Presenting Host of the third annual USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest celebration of all things science & engineering. The festival is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with school programs and nationwide contests, as well as a finale Expo in Washington, D.C. on April 26-27, 2014, that includes hands-on activities and performances.
Lockheed Martin supports a wide-range of diverse and sustainable STEM activities that reach students and educators from elementary school through college. Through its Engineers in the Classroom STEM education outreach initiative, Lockheed Martin provides numerous opportunities for employees to interact with the next generation of engineers and technologists by serving as local school advisors, extracurricular activity mentors and career role models for students in communities where we live and work.