Investing In Future Central Florida Science, Technology Leaders
Lockheed Martin Celebrates National Engineers Week
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24, 2015 – To celebrate National Engineers Week (“E-Week”) 2015, Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Central Florida facilities are coordinating robotics competitions, trivia challenges, site visits and other hands-on activities to engage an estimated 1,900 local students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
E-Week, Feb. 22-28, provides an opportunity for students across the United States to focus on engineering and STEM education. Lockheed Martin recognizes the nation’s critical need for future STEM leaders and hosts E-Week activities every year to inspire students and invest in the local community.
“Lockheed Martin emphasizes STEM education in order to develop the next generation of innovators,” said Chester Kennedy, training and logistics solutions engineering vice president at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. “All of our Corporation’s E-Week activities encourage STEM education excitement and expose students to critical engineering concepts in new ways.”
During E-Week, local high school students will participate in robotics challenges at Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control and Mission Systems and Training sites in Orlando. Lockheed Martin engineers mentored participating students for eight weeks prior to the robotics challenges by providing feedback on their designs and guiding them through applicable engineering principles.
“Robotics competitions encourage students to take engineering concepts from the classroom and apply them in a tangible way,” said Nicholas Vanatta, engineering director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “These students have done a tremendous job building innovative robots – capable of things like rolling up ramps and launching foam balls – in order to meet the course challenges.”
Lockheed Martin supports STEM in the Central Florida community all year through mentorship, volunteering and other contributions. On Feb. 5, Lockheed Martin announced a $2 million, multi-year grant to support the expansion of college- and career-focused STEM programs for all Orange County Public Schools, through Project Lead The Way.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.