Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
As a global security and information technology company, the majority of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. federal government agencies. In fact, Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin’s business is comprised of international government and some commercial sales of our products, services and platforms.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is the major focus of Lockheed Martin’s education outreach activity. Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer and President Marillyn Hewson has stated, “ As a generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians begins to retire, the important technology positions they leave are becoming increasingly difficult to fill with new talent. To remain competitive, the United States must recognize this gap and emphasize the importance of STEM education and careers. Success depends on collaboration among industry, educators, policy makers and families.”
To help address these challenges and strengthen the workforce pipeline, Lockheed Martin provides generous funding to STEM education outreach activities for students across the entire K-16 spectrum. Lockheed Martin is committed to supporting programs, events and campaigns that focus on student achievement, teacher development, and gender and ethnic diversity.
Lockheed Martin’s STEM Portfolio of Programs and Events Includes:
- Engineers in the Classroom School Pipeline Program – a Lockeed Martin community-based program that focuses on implementing Project Lead the Way curriculum as well as a complementary STEM-focused extracurricular activity in high schools and their feeder middle schools to form “pipelines” of support.
- FIRST Robotics – a mentor-based program/competition that builds science, engineering and technology skills. Lockheed Martin volunteers are engaged with local teams, as well as regional competitions and the FIRST National Championship.
- 4-H Robotics: Curriculum and Clubs – a program that seeks to help young people develop their engineering and technology passion and proficiency through new, high-quality robotics curricula; use of digital technologies; robotics clubs; and competitions. Lockheed Martin engineers volunteer with 4-H Robotics as advisors and mentors.
- Naitonal Geographic Society – one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world, Lockheed Martin is working with its Entertainment/Cinema Ventures division to develop STEM-focused film “edutainment” projects that reach teachers and students with multi-media classroom activities, teachers’ guides, and White Board and Smartboard content.
- Project Lead the Way (PLTW) – the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. PLTW is targeted for implementation in new schools, and support by LM engineers, as part of Lockheed Martin’s PLTW School Expansion Program.
- Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME) – a nonprofit, industry-education partnership whose mission is to empower and equip California teachers with unique professional development so that they can inspire their students to pursue STEM subjects and prepare them for today’s workforce in the global economy.
- Team America Rocketry Challenge – the world’s largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace. Lockheed Martin provides scholarships to the top three teams each year.
- USA Science & Engineering Festival – the nation’s largest celebration of all things science & engineering, this festival is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with school programs and nationwide contests, as well as a finale Expo in Washington, D.C. that includes hands-on activities and performances. Lockheed Martin is the Festival Host.
- The National Flight Academy – The National Flight Academy is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
- Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) – NMSI’s Advanced Placement* program is a comprehensive approach that increases teacher effectiveness and student achievement in rigorous math and science courses through training, teacher and student support, vertical teaming, open enrollment, and incentives.
- Great Minds in STEM (formerly HENACC) – HENAAC is doing this to reflect the expanded role of our Education Programs and other efforts we are taking to promote STEM careers in underserved communities.
- STEM Equity Pipeline (National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity NAPE) – The STEM Equity Pipeline will provide professional development using national experts on gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education through webinars, webcasts and online courses.
- National Aerospace Week – Ongoing and emerging security threats, aging civil and space infrastructure, fiscal challenges and keeping and creating jobs all present our nation with enormous challenges.
- Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition (BISEC) – We will enhance and elevate the U.S. commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and facilitate STEM Education through private and public partnerships. As a coalition of industries, our purpose is to align our efforts to improve STEM education to develop our future workforce in order to build our nation’s economic competitiveness, sustain national security, and develop future jobs and employment specialties that engage a dynamic STEM workforce.
- Change the Equation – Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.
- STEM Workforce Committee (AIA) – As a coalition of industries, our purpose is to align our efforts to improve STEM education to develop our future workforce in order to build our nation’s economic competitiveness, sustain national security, and develop future jobs and employment specialties that engage a dynamic STEM workforce.
- Teaching Guides – Lockheed Martin offers free teaching guides, downloadable from their website. Currently, they have lesson plans on “Adventures in Aerospace” and “Rocket Science 101”.
The ability to boldly develop technological firsts is something that is in Lockheed Martin’s DNA. For generations it has been pioneering new solutions, systems, ideas and concepts: from the silk fabric and bamboo frames that fueled the very beginnings of man’s exploration of flight…to technologies that are defining today’s emerging achievements in defense and commercial sectors.
Career paths in STEM Fields at Lockheed Martin include:
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Information Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Skilled Labor and Technicians
- Software Engineering
- Speciality Engineering
- Systems Engineering
Lockheed Martin has a strong tradition of employee volunteering and philanthropy. In 2010:
- The Corporation contributed $22 million to charitable causes.
- Employees added another $22.6 million through personal charitable donations.
- Employee logged more than 1 million volunteer hours.
- National 4-H Council
- (FIRST®) For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology
- National Geographic Society
- Project Lead The Way
- Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS)
- USA Science and Engineering Festival
- Change the Equation