Bringing Space Closer with STEM
With more than 1,400 events in 80 countries, World Space Week is the largest international celebration of science and technology, providing space education and outreach opportunities to thousands of individuals around the world. Launched by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, this initiative aims to observe the contributions of space exploration to the advancement of society.
In celebration of World Space Week, Lockheed Martin has pledged a grant to establish the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center (LMSEC) at the Space Foundation World Headquarters and Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Space Foundation is an advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events – including the celebration of World Space Week in the United States.
Lockheed Martin has long championed the encouragement of future innovators in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As such, the Space Foundation, a natural STEM education partner, will provide a powerful platform for the delivery of education programs for both students and teachers.
Lockheed Martin funding will provide necessary STEM equipment and hardware for program delivery, scholarships for field trips and will support Space Foundation teacher professional development programs. The Lockheed Martin Space Education Center will be open in 2015 and directly impact more than 8,000 students and teachers annually.
An important piece of the grant will be used to offer not only on-site, but also virtual field trips to schools across the country and around the world that would not otherwise have the resources to provide their students with an enriching aerospace-related STEM experience.