Lockheed Martin Australia has partnered with Newcastle University to host 10 Science and Engineering Challenge events in Newcastle, Canberra and Adelaide to boost participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in urban and regional communities.
The Science and Engineering Challenge is Newcastle University’s longest running national STEM outreach program in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities, government and industry.
To support Newcastle University’s annual Science and Engineering Challenge, Lockheed Martin Australia has donated $20,000 to support Challenge Days to provide students in grades 9-10 with first-time experiences. hand in the world of science and engineering.
Teams of Lockheed Martin engineers participated in regional Challenge Days to mentor students, judge and grade activities based on their design and effectiveness, and to discuss with students the full discipline of engineering applications .
“Lockheed Martin Australia is very committed to developing the future STEM workforce needed in areas such as cyber, artificial intelligence, machine learning, systems integration to create an industry base of stronger and more self-sufficient Australian defense,” Lockheed Martin Australia’s Air 6500 Australian Industry Capability Manager, said Sam Wong.
“Over 40% of our global workforce are scientists or engineers. This represents approximately 60,000 engineers, so it is essential that we invest in developing our future workforce who will design the next generation technologies to solve the complex challenges of tomorrow.
“We are thrilled to have Lockheed Martin Australia’s partnership to connect students with skilled engineers and vibrant STEM pursuits to expose them to the exciting career paths on offer in the defense industry,” said the director of the science and engineering challenge at Newcastle University, Professor Steven Weller. .
“With Lockheed Martin Australia and our valued partner sponsorships, this year’s Science and Engineering Challenge attracted the participation of over 3,000 high school students from across Australia. This is a great outcome for connecting young people to STEM choices,” said Professor Weller.