Lockheed Martin Supports Local Activities for National Engineers Week 2008 – February 17 - 23
Engineers and scientists at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Missiles and Fire Control’s Archbald Operations are participating in activities that will promote math and science for local students during National Engineers Week, February 17-23. Through fun hands-on activities, students will learn about engineering and engineering careers.
Outreach activities include making classroom presentations on engineering, engaging students in discussions on engineering careers, and providing teachers activity guides that involve engineering principles.
On Saturday, February 23, at Lakeland Junior/Senior High School inScott Township, PA, four local high schools (Carbondale Area, Lakeland, Riverside and Mid-Valley Secondary Center) are participating in a robotics competition that consists of a miniature obstacle course created by Lockheed Martin engineers. In order to succeed, students will have to incorporate design and quality principles, hardware and software engineering, performance testing, workmanship and teamwork.
Engineers have also teamed up with 7th and 8th grade students to assist them in preparing for the upcoming competition. There will be approximately 15 student teams competing for the lowest time and the ability to guide their robots through a maze that consists of obstacles such as a sand trap, speed bumps, a ‘Styrofoam pit’ and a hill climb. Students will also be graded on their team’s preparation and final presentation. Judges will be Lockheed Martin engineers. First, second and third place trophies (designed and manufactured at the Archbald facility using state-of-the-art laser technology) will be presented to students.
“Lockheed Martin is encouraging tomorrow’s engineers, scientists, and technology inventors to consider careers in engineering, science and technology by supporting programs such as National Engineers Week,” said Dan Heller, director and general manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s Archbald facility. “We wanted to create something exciting and challenging to local students and we hope to make this an annual event. We’ve received very positive feedback and support from educators in our community, highlighting the fact that this is just the sort of event that will inspire students.”
“At Lockheed Martin, almost half of our 140,000 employees are scientists and engineers, and our ability to inspire youth to pursue technology and science careers goes to the heart of our ability to innovate and thrive – not just as a company, but as a nation,” said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Bob Stevens.
National Engineers Week presents an ideal opportunity to reach out to students from kindergarten through college with activities in schools and in the community. Supported by a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and professional societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies, National Engineers Week is dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to our quality of life.
Activities throughout the week promote recognition among parents, teachers and students of the importance of a technical education and the high level of math, science, and technological literacy needed to pursue engineering careers. Each year National Engineers Week reaches thousands of schools, businesses and community groups across the United States.
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