Lockheed Martin Donates 75 Computers to Great Lakes Science Center

CLEVELAND, 10/20/2010 --

Lockheed Martin has donated 75 laptop computers to Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) to support the Science Center's wide variety of education programs. The used computers are from the Lockheed Martin-managed Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) program at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and are donated in partnership with NASA, following the guidelines of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act (1980).

The laptops will be used in a variety of ways at the Science Center: 50 laptops will be used to expand the outreach of GLSC's LEGO® camps and classes, giving more youngsters the opportunity to participate in the popular LEGO robotics classes, both on- and off-site; 10 laptops will be used by the Science Center's Visitor Experience staff for hands-on cart activities throughout the building, including aboard the Steamship William G. Mather; and 15 laptops with docking stations will be used in GLSC's newly developed FAB LAB (Fabrication Lab) so visitors will have hands-on experience to turn ideas into reality.

"We are delighted to be able to donate these computers to such a great program," said Darrell Graddy, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Enterprise IT & Data Solutions division. "The Corporation has an established partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center to further interest in aeronautics and aerospace, and we are proud to be a part of its STEM education program."

William "Randy" Humphries, Glenn's acting chief information officer, and Debbie Seichko, Lockheed Martin ODIN program manager, presented the laptops to Linda Abraham-Silver, GLSC president and CEO, on Friday, October 15, 2010.

During the first half of 2010, Lockheed Martin and NASA donated more than 7,800 computers through the ODIN program to worthwhile community organizations around the nation and the world including schools, libraries and community learning centers.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 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 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.0 billion.

Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation's leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio's NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to stimulate interest in and increase understanding of the sciences, with a particular emphasis on the interdependence of scientific, environmental and technological activities in the Great Lakes region. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture program. For more information, contact the Science Center at (216) 694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com.

Computer Donation
William “Randy” Humphries (far right), NASA Glenn Research Center’s acting chief information officer, and Debbie Seichko (left), Lockheed Martin’s Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) program manager at Glenn, present two of 75 ODIN program laptops to Linda Abraham-Silver, Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) president and CEO, and P.J. Ozak, a fourth-grade Science Center student, in a ceremony at the Science Center in Cleveland on Friday, October 15. The donated computers will support the Science Center’s wide variety of education programs.