Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] employees volunteered more than 7,500 hours supporting a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities with more than 31,000 students during National Engineers Week 2013.
Engineers Week, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society while also inspiring students to pursue engineering and related careers.
"At Lockheed Martin, we have 60,000 engineers, scientists, and IT professionals, and we are dedicated to honoring their important work and also encouraging students to pursue rewarding careers in engineering-related fields," said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Lockheed Martin's senior vice president, chief technology officer, and 2013 Engineers Week co-chair. "Through fun, hands-on activities such as engineering challenges and hosting students on facility tours, our employees are working to share their knowledge and passion for engineering with future generations."
Lockheed Martin Engineers Week activities spanned all ages and demographics with events across the country. Highlights included:
In Orlando, Fla., Lockheed Martin hosted a high school robotics design competition called "Robario Kart" to put students' engineering skills to the test in a Mario Kart-style robotic car race. During the six weeks of preparation, Lockheed Martin employees visited the participating high schools twice a week to mentor the students through the design process.
In Fort Worth, Texas, Lockheed Martin sponsored the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Engineers Week activities. The Corporation also provided its F-35 flight simulator to offer students and museum attendees the opportunity to "fly" the world's only 5th Generation fighter jet.
In Greenville, S.C., Lockheed Martin employees participated in the Roper Mt. Science Center's "Engineer It Day." Through this volunteer opportunity, employees helped more than 300 students disassemble and reassemble small engines.
"As a National Engineers Week volunteer, I enjoy working directly with students in my community to share my knowledge and expertise," said Katherine Black, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training Leadership Programs associate manager. "I've been volunteering as a member of the Corporation for more than 10 years now, and it's always great to see kids learning while having fun at the same time."
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 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 2012 were $47.2 billion.
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