Lockheed Martin has partnered with the District of Columbia Public Schools for a new grant program aimed at increasing students’ access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
The multiyear initiative offers D.C. public elementary, middle and high schools a chance to work with Project Lead The Way and implement STEM courses, Lockheed said Friday.
“Through these interactions and the PLTW curriculum, we hope students appreciate that by pursuing STEM careers they can help our world overcome complex challenges and push the boundaries of scientific discovery,” said Stephanie Hill, vice president and general manager of Lockheed’s information systems and global solutions civil business.
Company-provided grants will cover the costs associated with PLTW program membership, classroom equipment and professional development training for teachers.
Lockheed will also deploy engineers at D.C. public schools to mentor students and serve as their role models.
The company says it has pledged $6 million to support PLTW STEM initiatives in select urban school districts across the U.S.