Launching STEM Education Across Borders
As a generation of scientist, engineers and mathematicians retire, at Lockheed Martin, we understand firsthand the importance of educating our young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
So what will drive students to push back the frontiers of science and develop game-changing technology that will help us better understand our world, the solar system and the universe?
The path to solving the skills gap is clear – introducing students to real-world STEM workplaces so they can experience the opportunities available and better understand what it will take to achieve them.
With this in mind, Lockheed Martin welcomed 53 of Brazil’s top STEM students to visit the Space Systems facility in Denver, Colorado. The students, ages 15 to 19, learned about space innovations through interactive demonstrations of digital manufacturing and tours of advanced labs that create systems for deep space travel.
Employees, senior executives and recent graduates, met with the students and shared insight about the numerous opportunities in the aerospace industry for professionals with STEM-related degrees. The visit was organized in collaboration with the Denver-based nonprofit US-Brazil Connect and their partner Brazilian Confederation of Industry.
With an employee base that includes 60,000 engineers, scientists and IT professionals, we’re committed to working with programs locally and internationally that educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Specifically, with the significant under-representation of minorities in STEM fields, this outreach opportunity allowed us to reach these groups and foster their potential.
“Through their intellect and curiosity, the students will help drive Brazil’s growing space economy,” said Kathy Tobey, vice president and general manager of Special Programs for Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “We’re proud to support the brightest young minds of Brazil by strengthening their interest and confidence in pursuing STEM education and careers.”
The visit served to expose the students to the aerospace industry and technology and demonstrate the practical application of a career in a related profession.
"In our work with 3,000 Brazilian students, we have learned they want challenging careers that will connect them with the world. But they know very little about the real options" said US-Brazil Connect President Mary Gershwin. "Through our partnership with the Brazilian Confederation of Industry, we help students see that the STEM fields can open the future to previously unimaginable work opportunities that are both global and meaningful."
Founded in 2011, US-Brazil Connect is a leading facilitator of collaborative education programs linking the United States and Brazil. They’re committed to unleashing unrealized economic and human potential by joining communities in the Western Hemisphere’s leading economies.
As an industry leader, we have a tremendous opportunity to help shape students to become tomorrow’s innovators. It is important for us to build on this long term opportunity and prepare the next generation to succeed in an increasingly knowledge-intensive, globally-integrated and innovation-based landscape.