Visualizing the Possible
Inspiring future engineering and science talent through outreach, education and mentoring is an ongoing Lockheed Martin commitment that encompasses philanthropic giving and partnership events. A centerpiece of that effort is the company’s support of the annual Engineers Week, led by the National Society of Professional Engineers and DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation). This year Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company raised the bar by participating in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities from coast to coast.
In Colorado, engineers participated in a mentor lunch at the Colorado School of Mines. Approximately 120 high school students from three local high schools visited the college for a career exploration day. Twenty Colorado School of Mines students with the Society of Women’s Engineer’s and the Minority Engineering Program joined the high school students for a roundtable mentor lunch with the Space Systems engineers, many of whom are alumni of the Colorado School of Mines.
One of the mentors at the mentoring event was Mark Woempner, a Space Systems Company senior manager working on the Global Position Systems (GPS) III program, a Colorado School of Mines alumnus, and the father of two students. Woempner said a highlight of the mentoring event was witnessing the realization on the faces of the students that science and engineering are part of everyday life. “Their realization that everything they touch each and every day has an engineer’s ‘fingerprint’ on it was priceless to witness.”
In California, 29 fifth graders from the TechBridge Girls nonprofit organization visited Sunnyvale to work alongside volunteers building model cars, puff rockets and breadboard circuits. In Palo Alto, volunteers provided tours and showed the girls technology applications including 3D images of the sun.
Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnering with communities where employees live. The focus on STEM activities is philanthropic and strategic. As an industry leader, Lockheed Martin is committed to working with these groups to develop programs that educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians. The company’s allocates 50 percent of its corporate giving to education. In 2012, this translated to approximately $10 million dedicated to STEM education efforts.
With 60,000 engineers, scientists and IT professionals, Lockheed Martin’s approach to STEM outreach includes nonprofit and school partnerships that provide unique opportunities for our engineers to build one-on-one relationships with students as role models and mentors.
March 5, 2014
Employees and guests went to the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) warehouse in Sunnyvale to assemble hovercraft kits for the upcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival. Lockheed Martin sponsored 80,000 hovercraft kits for the festival. In a few hours, the volunteers completed 5,360 kits, bringing the total to 63,195 completed to date.
Dreaming Big is an inspirational video that brings together a collection of perspectives and ideas from a diverse group of individuals. Young astronaut hopefuls, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lockheed Martin engineers all share their perspectives on the importance of exploring our universe.