Lockheed Martin announced last week that they have donated $10,000 to the Maryland Center at Bowie State University to assist with continued development of comprehensive educational programs aimed at recruitment, retention, graduation and matriculation in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and STEAM-related disciplines of study.
It will also help the university build a foundation to establish the Education Innovation Initiative (EI2) career pathways program within Prince George’s County, Md. This marquee PreK-20 STEAM academic enrichment program will give under-represented students in Prince George’s County insight into various career paths.
“We are committed to educating and inspiring tomorrow’s technologists, scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” said Vicki Schmanske, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s IT & Security Solutions. “The EI2program presents the perfect opportunity to continue our support in a manner that presents innovative career pathways to all ages between preschool and college.”
The EI2 will make STEAM accessible to students by incorporating STEAM principals and skills through project-based learning. This method will offer increased access to “real world” experiences that better prepare students for professional career paths in STEAM. Students will also be equally equipped with comprehensive learning resources using virtual desktops with individualized learning technologies, high-definition audio/video on mobile devices and advanced telepresence technologies.
“The university’s partnership with Lockheed Martin represents a shared commitment to preparing students, especially in Prince George’s County, for workforce opportunities in STEAM-related disciplines,” stated Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim. “We are confident the EI2 program will invigorate our students and offer them a platform for success in a global, high-tech marketplace.”
This is not the first partnership Lockheed Martin has engaged in with students in Prince George’s County, Md. Schmanske noted that the company has supported technology innovation throughout the county’s education system for more than a decade.