Generation Beyond Aviation

Generation Beyond Aviation

Flight School is in Session

Bring 21st Century exploration and innovation to life in the classroom with Skunk Works® challenge activities designed for Grades 9–12. Through a virtual field trip inside Skunk Works®, students will be introduced to STEM professionals to learn about their exciting careers and the innovation happening within Lockheed Martin to solve real world problems.

Explore interactive Aviation activities, classroom resources and family activities developed with Discovery Education to prepare the next generation of innovators to use critical thinking to solve real-world problems. 


For Educators:

Use Our High School Curriculum

We partnered with Discovery Education to develop new activities for grades 9–12. Each challenge activity offers students the opportunity to use critical thinking and collaboration to solve a real-world problem.

Challenges include:

  • Nature-inspired aviation - teams are challenged to design a drone that can fly in the air and also land on water, using the anatomy of animals as their guide.
  • Suit Up for Takeoff - teams are challenged to evaluate materials proposed for a flight suit.
  • Wildfire Response - students investigate the different types of wildfires and how modern technology can help firefighting professionals determine the best response to a fire.
  • Under the Radar - teams are challenged to design an aircraft to evade radar and decide on the optimal solution to do so.

Come fly with us! Science, technology, engineering and math skills will help this generation's dreams take flight.

Aviation Resources

Get Involved

Spread the word about Generation Beyond!

We invite you to share Generation Beyond’s resources with the educators in your life! Please share the toolkit and fact sheet with teachers, principals, after school program employees or any local organizations that would benefit from learning about the Generation Beyond program. Feel free to personalize the email based on the recipient! Thank you for spreading the word!


Generation Beyond Space

Middle School

The first person to visit Mars is in school today. Will it be you?

Generation Beyond is a first of its kind, national educational program designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers to pursue STEM careers.

  • Explore the surface of Mars in virtual reality with the Mars Walk app
  • Watch student-created videos of space travel habitats
  • Download fun lessons for parents and in-depth STEM curriculum for educators
  • Zoom across our solar system and see the spacecraft and missions Lockheed Martin supports
  • Play interactive learning games about deep space missions

Lockheed Martin Mars Experience Bus

Lockheed Martin donated its award-winning Mars Experience Bus to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Oct. 19, 2018. The donation provides an opportunity to engage students, parents, educators and other key stakeholders in STEM-education.

Middle School Space Exploration Curriculum

We partnered with Discovery Education to develop lesson plans, activities, and other resources for classroom and at-home learning:

  • Explore the importance of weather and its impact on the go/no-go decision of the launch of a manned Orion mission.
  • Solve real-world problems and encourage a deeper understanding of how space flight leads to innovation here on Earth.
  • Extend classroom learning with activities designed for the family to complete together. 

With your help, we can prepare and inspire this generation to reach new heights.


Watch the Generation Beyond Space 2017 Video Challenge Winning Videos

We challenged middle school students (Individual and Teams up to 4) to present their Mars Mission habitation module through a one- to two-minute video, which included a visual representation of the habitation module. The submissions blew us away and earned incredible prizes—including $10,000 for Grand Prize winners!

Individual Grand Prize Winner
Emilia D.
From Skokie, Illinois

Emilia's submission was awarded the Individual Grand Prize at a ceremony on April 6, 2018 at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Team Grand Prize Winner
Jonah L. and Matthew W.
From Portland Oregon

Jonah and Matthew's submission was awarded the Team Grand Prize at a ceremony on April 6, 2018 at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Watch the Generation Beyond Space 2016 Video Challenge Winning Videos

Team Grand Prize Winner: Team E.O.N. from Edison, New Jersey

Team E.O.N. Members: Ujwal L., Siddhant V., Pramodh M. and Aarav Z.

Team E.O.N.'s submission was awarded the Team Grand Prize at a ceremony on June 6, 2017. Their winning video is above.
Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson addresses John Adams Middle School students at the Team Grand Prize Award Ceremony for the 2016 Generation Beyond Video Challenge.

Individual Grand Prize Winner: Dane. S., Fullerton, California

Generation Beyond Video Challenge Winner
Dane's submission was awarded the Individual Grand Prize at a ceremony on May 23, 2017.

Media Contacts

United States
Meghan Macdonald 
+1 301 897 6195

United Kingdom
Mark Cox 
+44 (0) 207 979 8069