The program supports the Bay Area-based Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education’s Summer Fellowship Program, Lockheed said Monday.
Participating teachers will undergo eight-weeks of hands-on experience at local companies and research labs. Each participant will also get an industry mentor to help the teachers use science and math skills in solving real-world problems.
The teachers will also work on problems related to Lockheed’s ongoing space-based systems, satellite telecommunications and other projects.
“Upon returning to the classroom, application of the industry experience helps teachers stimulate student interest in math and science and, in turn, helps students to become lifelong learners,” Lockheed said in explaining the fellowship’s affect on STEM.
Kevin Bilger, Lockheed Martin vice president and IISME Strategic Leadership Council member said the company has partnered with the IISME and its Bay-area programs for teachers for 30 years.
Since IISME began, Lockheed Martin has sponsored nearly 400 teacher fellowships.
“We’re excited to collaborate on the technical challenges faced in developing our innovative space systems and to help them apply the lessons learned back in the classroom to better prepare their students to become our next-generation of scientists and engineers,” Biliger added.