Syracuse Engineers have
the MOST Fun

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Some 15 Lockheed Martin engineers paid a visit to the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in Syracuse on February 21 and 22 as part of the site's National Engineers Week celebration. The volunteers engaged young visitors with hands-on activities to explore the wonders of science and engineering.

While many Lockheed Martin engineers across the country are visiting schools or hosting student programs at their sites during E-Week, schools in the Syracuse region are all on winter break. “We do a lot of education outreach during the school year,” explained Sarah White, Syracuse systems engineer and MOST organizer, “but during E-Week we have to be a bit creative to reach area students and the MOST provides a fun way for us to show kids how awesome engineering is.”

With parents looking for something fun for their children to do during the break, the MOST sees a major spike in attendance which means crowds at the Lockheed Martin activity tables that included erecting a paper tower, building a tin foil boat, and putting together a hoop glider.

It’s no coincidence that the engineers set up shop at the entrance to the museum’s Lockheed Martin Flight & Space Exhibit and they saw quite a varied clientele. “It’s exciting because we got to work with kids who are three years old all the way up to teenagers,” said White. “Sometimes it’s siblings doing the activity alongside each other with mom or dad right there lending support.”

This year's E-Week theme, “Celebrate Awesome,” provided a perfect starting point for volunteers to talk about a career as an engineer and positively influence young people’s perceptions of an often misunderstood occupation. “There is a creative element to engineering and once students grab on to that it really sparks their interest in pursuing it further.”

Lockheed Martin in Syracuse partners with the MOST on several major STEM activities each year including a Bridge Build ‘Em and Bust ‘Em competition, the Rocket Team Challenge, VEX Robotics and student science fair. Last year, a total of more than 1,500 students participated in those four events.

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highlights
  • Lockheed Martin engineers paid a visit to the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in Syracuse on February 21 and 22 as part of the site's National Engineers Week celebration.
  • This year's E-Week theme, “Celebrate Awesome,” provided a perfect starting point for volunteers to talk about a career as an engineer and positively influence young people’s perceptions of an often misunderstood occupation.