Lockheed Martin Volunteers Will Bring STEM Excitement To McNair Middle School
By Space Coast Daily // August 31, 2015
LOCKHEED MARTIN STEM VOLUNTEERS TAKE OVER LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PRIOR TO MUOS-4 LAUNCH ON WEDNESDAY
Lockheed Martin volunteers, along with ULA volunteers and a Navy Commander, will bring STEM excitement to all 520 students at Ronald McNair Magnet Middle School through an Engineer Design Challenge.
The largest STEM outreach event coordinated in conjunction with a launch by Lockheed Martin, Tuesday afternoon’s event takes place less than 24 hours before the planned launch of the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, which the company built for the U.S. Navy.
Sixty teams of students (30 at a time) will engage in a hands-on, team-oriented activity building a structure using only index cards and a foot of tape in 18 minutes, aimed to strengthen analytical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills, which are key traits in today’s workplace.
The school is holding a food drive for the Central Brevard Sharing Center, and donated items will be used as weights to test the strength of their structures.
Four faculty members from McNair will attend the MUOS-4 launch the next day and they will be available for comment at the event. Space is part of their eighth grade curriculum, and the MUOS launch provides an immersive learning experience for the teachers to inspire their students.
Lockheed Martin invests more than $25 million worldwide to nonprofit organizations, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and military/veteran causes. In addition, employees donate $20 million annually to various organizations through workplace-giving campaigns and volunteer an average of 1 million hours each year.
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 1, with two hour-long challenges from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Ronald McNair Magnet Middle School, 1 Challenger Drive, Rockledge, FL 32955
RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to: Lauren Rohde, 408-242-7715; firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chip Eschenfelder, 303-564-3392; email@example.com
For additional information, visit our STEM Education website Lockheedmartin.com
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 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 2014 were $45.6 billion.