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 49,000 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:
- Generation Beyond — A first of its kind, national educational program to bring the science of space into thousands of homes and classrooms across America. The program is designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers to pursue STEM careers.
- Code Quest — A computer programming competition that puts high school student’s coding skills to the test by solving problems created by Lockheed Martin Information Technology professionals.
- 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 9-12 to strengthen their interest and confidence in pursuing STEM education and careers.
- Project Lead The Way (PLTW) — Our partnership supports PLTW’s Launch, Gateway and Engineering
programs, which are used in K-12 schools across the United States.
- 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.
- Engineers in the Classroom — Through this STEM education outreach initiative, Lockheed Martin provides numerous opportunities for our employees to interact with and inspire 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.
- K-12 STEM Match — Lockheed Martin continues to look for ways to improve the lives of its employees, better align itself with its philanthropic efforts and create inclusive employee programs. We most recently launched a new K-12 company matching program for employees by partnering with DonorsChoose.org to support STEM education in our local communities.
- FIRST Robotics — FIRST Robotics encourages the pursuit of STEM fields through its robotics programs. Each year, FIRST reaches more than 400,000 young people worldwide, nearly 40,000 teams, and builds more than 30,000 robots. A Lockheed Martin employee who is actively mentoring a FIRST team may apply for a grant through the sponsorship application site.
- Imagine Science — Lockheed Martin is supporting four of the nation’s largest youth development organizations — the Boys & Girls Club of America, The National 4-H Council, YMCA of the USA, and Girls Inc. — in a multi-year partnership to jointly tackle the challenge of engaging under-represented youth in STEM learning.
USASEF — The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the largest STEM event in the country. This free, biennial event features more than 1,000 STEM organizations presenting interactive and education activities for all ages. Lockheed Martin is proud to be the founding and presenting host.