Prince George’s County of Division of Academics and Office of Information Technology have teamed up with Lockheed Martin to pilot a STEM Innovation Cloud solution for the county’s area schools including Fairmont Heights, Suitland and High Point High Schools.
During the 90-day pilot program, Lockheed Martin will work with Cisco Systems Inc., local community-based organization Men Aiming Higher Inc., and the Prince George’s County Public School System (PGCPS) to provide secure community cloud and high-definition, communications platforms.
This program will allow the county to access STEM resources including cloud enabled PGCPS STEM curriculum, high-definition multimedia recordings of discovery-based classroom experiences from mobile devices and Lockheed Martin career simulation experiences, without physical or geographical limitations.
“This pilot program allows us to combine our technology expertise and corporate commitment to STEM education and Prince George’s County to give students the necessary tools for academic success and career development,” said Vicki Schmanske, vice president of information technology and security solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business. “This program demonstrates forward-thinking leadership in Prince George’s County for maximizing cost-effective technology, like cloud computing, and collaboration and mobility tools to deliver skills-building knowledge right into the hands of students.”
Lockheed Martin will use its Solutions as a Service (SaaS) secure cloud delivery approach to support the program.
“It is imperative that we emphasize science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in our school system,” said Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George’s County executive. “Lockheed Martin has been a great partner, and I want to thank them and the Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology (OIT) for this innovative pilot that will help our children gain valuable technical experience. By offering their talent, expertise and resources, Lockheed Martin and OIT will expose students to cutting-edge technology that will help to expand their thinking and perspective.”