High-School Students around the U.S. Take Virtual STEM Field Trip to Lockheed Martin’s Famous Skunk Works®
Palmdale, Calif. and Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, December 4, 2018) – Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today took high school students on a virtual field trip to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works,® where they learned about five advanced technology developments being pioneered by Lockheed Martin engineers and scientists, or “skunks,” who work there. The immersive experience was designed to introduce students to the exciting work a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can offer.
“STEM education is critical to America’s national security and economy – without the right technical talent, we risk losing our competitive advantage,” said Jeff Babione, vice president and general manager of Skunk Works®. “Technology companies like Lockheed Martin play an important role in helping to inspire and encourage the next generation of technical talent. With our ‘Generation Beyond’ program, we're challenging high school students to think differently, take risks, innovate and collaborate – skills that are necessary to succeed in a fast-moving, global high-tech economy.”
The Virtual Field Trip is part of Lockheed Martin’s Generation Beyond STEM education program, a free, digital STEM education program used in thousands of U.S. classrooms. Launched in 2016 in partnership with Discovery Education, Generation Beyond puts students in the shoes of scientists and engineers to tackle real-world technology challenges and demonstrate the exciting work that a STEM education and career can offer.
“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Lockheed Martin to engage a new generation of innovators in STEM learning experiences that inspire youth to take an interest in space exploration and aviation,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “‘Generation Beyond in School’ demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to advancing technologies that form the future and the initiative encourages students everywhere to push boundaries that advance future of STEM.”
In addition to developing career-focused STEM education programs like Generation Beyond, Lockheed Martin has also invested $50 million in tax-reform savings to fund STEM scholarships and additional education initiatives, as well as $100 million to ensure our existing employees are prepared for jobs of the future through education and training opportunities.
Generation Beyond resources are available at no-cost at generationbeyondinschool.com and are integrated into Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.
About Lockheed Martin:
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year, the company received three Edison Awards for groundbreaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy. Learn more at lockheedmartin.com.
About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.