Lockheed Martin Provides $150,000 Check to Maryland Science Center

BALTIMORE, MD, 04/08/2009 --

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently provided the Maryland Science Center with $150,000 to support the center's educational programs, science demonstrations and hands-on exhibits. These core activities align with the company's philanthropic focus on science, engineering and math education.

Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Integrated Defense Technologies line of business, and a member of the center's board of trustees, presented a check to the trustees on March 27. It is part of a $1,250,000 commitment Lockheed Martin made in support of the Center.

"The Maryland Science Center is not only a great place to visit, but it is also an important educational resource for introducing our current and future students to science and technology," said Schultz, whose organization includes a major facility in Middle River. "On behalf of Lockheed Martin Corporation, I am honored to be able to present this check to the Science Center. I know they will use the money to benefit our community."

With a large portion of its technical workforce approaching retirement age, Lockheed Martin has identified education -- particularly K-12 math, science and engineering educational initiatives that introduce students to science and technology -- as a priority focus area for philanthropic support.

"The Maryland Science Center shares Lockheed Martin's commitment to inspiring young minds to the wonders of science and agrees that science literacy is paramount to the success of tomorrow's workforce. We appreciate this partnership which strengthens the institution and ensures that we can foster our mission for the future," said Van Reiner, President and CEO of the Maryland Science Center.

With more than 500,000 visitors each year, the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor captivates young minds with exhibits such as SpaceLink, where visitors can learn the "latest and greatest" in space and aerospace science. The Center also offers engineering and science workshops to teachers, enabling educators to take valuable lessons back to the classroom. The Center, along with the Maryland Academy of Sciences, also presents the Maryland Outstanding Young Scientist and Outstanding Young Engineer awards programs, which recognize and commend the extraordinary contributions of local young scientists and engineers.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 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 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.