Lockheed Martin Celebrates National Engineers Week by Inspiring Future Science, Technology Leaders in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014 – Simulator demonstrations, engineering game shows and complex robotics competitions are just three ways Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Central Florida businesses are inspiring more than 3,000 local students during National Engineers Week Feb. 16-22.
Employees at Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control and Mission Systems and Training businesses have been using these activities and more to showcase engineering impact to everyday life and career opportunities made possible by studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“It is innovation with purpose that drives us at Lockheed Martin,” said Jeff Pridmore, vice president and deputy of technical operations and applied research at Lockheed Martin. “In Central Florida, our National Engineers Week activities and STEM outreach provide students with a glimpse of the game-changing technologies and problem solving that our scientists, technologists and engineers are focused on every day. Our hope is that this will inspire students to pursue scientific careers that help create a brighter future.”
Throughout the week, students have been touring Lockheed Martin’s Central Florida businesses. More than 300 students competed in robotics competitions to determine which of their robots best performed interactive challenges. Employee volunteers also visited elementary and middle schools during the week to conduct hands-on engineering activities and educate students on the various career paths that engineers can pursue.
Lockheed Martin’s STEM support in Central Florida includes sponsorship and mentorship for six FIRST Robotics competition teams, the Lockheed Martin/YMCA Technology Center, formal partnerships with 15 Central Florida K-12 schools and the University of Central Florida’s STEM teacher education program.
DiscoverE’s (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) mission is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism. The organization helps promote positive visibility within the engineering and technology communities, including K-12 and college students, and the public-at-large. National Engineers Week is one of DiscoverE’s sponsored programs and is celebrated annually by thousands of engineers, engineering students, teachers and leaders in government and business.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 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 2013 were $45.4 billion.