Lockheed Martin Hosts 480 Local Students For A Moon Walk During Space Day Event
EAGAN, MN, 05/07/2008 -- To help celebrate Space Day, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently hosted 480 seventh and eighth grade students at the IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo for a special screening of the movie Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D.
The students treated to the free screening were from Falcon Ridge Middle School, Valley Middle School, Black Hawk Middle School, Rosemount Middle School, Dakota Hills Middle School and Scott Highlands Middle school (Independent School District 196).
The film – which transports viewers to the lunar surface to walk alongside 12 astronauts – allowed the students to imagine technical career possibilities and reinforced the importance of math and science education. After the film, the students had an opportunity to hear a Lockheed Martin engineer describe how his math and science interests led to his engineering career and to explain what engineers do in their jobs.
Lockheed Martin is dedicated to the advancement of math and science education for our young people, setting the stage for a strong and capable future for those individuals, as well as our community and country, said Dr. Robert Monson, Lockheed Martin engineering manager and professor of graduate studies in engineering at the University of Minnesota.
The Space Day event was just one example of Lockheed Martin's ongoing outreach to students in an effort to promote math and science education, as well as future careers in engineering. . . About half of the company's community support – including philanthropic giving and mentoring efforts – are directed toward strengthening K-12 grade students' interests and skills in math and science.
We are very thankful for our partnership with Lockheed Martin, said Laurie Ollhoff, integration enrichment specialist for local school District 196. They have provided hands-on learning opportunities and financial support in science education at the middle school level through ‘Engineers in the Classroom,' plus First Robotics and Science Olympiad programs for our high school students. Our students love the interaction with the Lockheed Martin employees who are such great role models and mentors.
Since its launch in 1997, the Space Day educational initiative, which takes place on the first Friday of each May, has evolved into a massive grassroots effort dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The ultimate goal is to promote math, science, technology and engineering education by nurturing young peoples' enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspiring them to continue the stellar work of today's space explorers.
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.