Lockheed Martin campuses nationwide opened their doors to more than 3,200 students ages six through 18 Thursday to show them activities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Young Minds at Work day is an annual event where Lockheed employees and contractors bring their children to the company’s space systems facilities for a full day of STEM-related events, the company said Thursday.
“Students exploring science, technology, engineering and math will be the next generation of innovators and leaders,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of the company’s space systems business.
“Young Minds at Work is just one way that Lockheed Martin invests in our children by tapping their natural curiosities and problem-solving skills,” he said.
Rex Walheim, a NASA astronaut, discussed STEM careers and his experience with the International Space Station, test rocket launches and played a space trivia game at the company’s Denver campus.
Activities at Lockheed’s Sunnyvale, Calif. campus included an airplane simulator, Frisbee-tossing robots, creating rockets and orbital mechanics lessons.
The Newtown, Penn. campus held a geocache treasure hunting activity, among other events.