Hundreds of Students Inspired at Code Quest Coding Competition

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On Saturday, April 18, Lockheed Martin hosted the Fourth Annual Code Quest computer programming competition, welcoming 512 high school students from 135 schools to our facilities around the country. Students were excited about the opportunity to put their programming skills to the test and learn about the importance of coding in the aerospace field.

“This is the Olympics of the mind! We did everything the football team does before a big game – pep talk, spaghetti dinner, and much more,” said Everton Barrett, STEM educator at Manassas Park High School in Manassas Park, Virginia.

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High school students put their coding skills to the test in Denver, Colorado.  

Lockheed Martin leaders across the sites kicked off the events and inspired students to continue pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Jon Crump, Information Technology Vice President and Chief Information Officer, described the significance that computer programming plays at Lockheed Martin.

“Today’s Code Quest competition is all about working together to solve challenging problems. At Lockheed Martin, our team of more than 113,000 employees works together to solve the world’s toughest problems each and every day,” Crump said. “When I look around this competition room, I see people who could be the next generation of our industry, helping to solve these challenging problems for years to come.”

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High school students in Owego, New York, learn the importance of teamwork as they solve the problems at Code Quest.

Teams of two to three students worked together for 2.5 hours to solve 15 problems created by Lockheed Martin Information Technology professionals.

“Being able to work problems presented by engineers gave our students a real-world flavor of what it is like to work in the industry,” said Dr. Jennifer Moriarty, Career Education Center of Denver. “They can see that these problems are doable if they work as part of a team.”

Emily Burnette, a novice team member from Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California, enjoys the collaboration that comes with STEM. “I’ve always loved STEM because it’s a way to practice problem solving. Not just memorizing, but being able to logically figure out something.”

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High school students in Orlando, Florida, brave the Code Quest challenge.

Since the competition began in 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas, Code Quest has expanded nationwide across seven Lockheed Martin sites. This year, the competition was held in Denver, Colorado; Fort Worth, Texas; Marietta, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; Owego, New York; Sunnyvale, California and Washington, D.C. More than 430 volunteers gave their time and energy to make the event a huge success.

Learn more about the Code Quest competition.

Anne Mullins, Lockheed Martin Chief Information Officer, announces the winners of the 2015 Code Quest challenge.

April 22, 2015

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