Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin Canada. We know firsthand the importance of educating our young people in these areas. Our company’s future success depends on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent. By committing to STEM education, we support programs that educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
We have been supporting STEM programs in Canada for many years through funding, sponsorship, and education outreach activities for students from elementary school through university. Many of our employees are also passionate about STEM and dedicate a significant amount of time volunteering in classrooms and in support of local programs.
In 2015, we launched the Lockheed Martin Canada STEM Council to combine ideas and resources across our sites in Canada for one coordinated effort. Our employees are working together to enhance our impact in all the communities in which we work – from Victoria, BC to Halifax, NS.
Here is a snapshot of some of the STEM programs we support today:
ACTUA: Actua is a national charity that is preparing youth to be innovators and leaders by engaging them in exciting and accessible STEM experiences that build critical skills and confidence. Actua and its partners inspire over 225,000 youth every year, reaching every province and territory in Canada through the delivery of summer camps, classroom workshops, clubs, and community outreach activities.
FIRST Robotics Competitions: Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, these competitions are the ultimate ‘sport for the mind’. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.
VEX Robotics Competitions: The VEX Competitions are presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. For each competition, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to compete in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.
Techsploration: Operating for nearly 20 years, this Nova Scotia not-for-profit organization focusses on reaching girls and young women with the aim to increase the number of women working in STEM fields. Studies show that women are still vastly under-represented in the STEM fields. Techsploration introduces high school students to a variety of women role models currently employed in science, trades and technology occupations.
Our Lockheed Martin Canada employees are already making a difference.