BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin Sponsor Local Space Day Event for Area Schools
JOHNSON CITY, NY, 05-MAY-05 -- BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], and the Coalition for Better Schools today co-hosted the ninth annual Space Day at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, NY.
Students were encouraged to explore their interest in space technology and travel during the daylong event designed to promote science education.
This year’s theme was Space Day 2005 … Return to the Moon in honor of President George W. Bush’s commitment to human exploration of the moon. Approximately 1,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students, area teachers and parents were on hand at the mall for activities, which included more than 600 exhibits featuring award-winning science and technical projects completed by area students.
“We’re proud to honor our youth who contributed their time and energy to these exciting projects,” said Sean Bond, BAE Systems vice president of Aerospace Controls. “Space Day helps to pique students’ interest in science, technology, and engineering – disciplines that are vital to our nation’s space program and to the work we do at BAE Systems.”
“Space Day is a great way to recognize and celebrate students’ interest in science,” said Frank Meyer, president of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego. “The projects on display help students to better understand space technology and exploration.” The national Space Day educational initiative is founded and supported by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, MD.
In addition to the student exhibits at the Oakdale Mall, Space Day 2005 also featured demonstrations of the Segway® Human Transporter by BAE Systems. The company manufactures the gyroscopes that stabilize the device. U.S. Navy officers and enlisted crewmen from the Defense Contract Management Agency based at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego also were on hand with helicopter videos, flight suits and search and rescue
In advance of today’s activities, the Lockheed Martin Corporation held a nationwide T-shirt design contest where students were encouraged to create commemorative 2005 Space Day shirts for the national Space Day. Lockheed Martin in Owego teamed with the Coalition for Better Schools, which is comprised of 14 school districts from Broome and Tioga counties, to encourage local entries.
Ten designs by 13 local students were chosen as finalists in the competition, and these designs are being displayed at the national celebration in Washington, DC. The student-design teams are:
- Apalachin Elementary – Maria Alvarez, Grade 5
- Owego Elementary – Olivia Bishop, Grade 4; Katarina Chang, Grade 4; Diamond Vincent, Grade 4; and Olivia Warren, Grade 4
- East Middle School, Binghamton – Chris Osterhout, Grade 6; Tyriek Jackson and Seth Leon, Grade 6; Keisa Williams and Kelsey Mcghee, Grade 6; Kaitlyn Wystozaly, Grade 6; and Michelle Carpenter and Renae Brown, Grade 6
BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The company employs about 90,000 people worldwide.