ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lockheed Martin Corporation pledged $10 million to sponsor the National Museum of the United States Army’s Education Pavilion, a unique, state-of-the-art interactive resource center that will feature science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs related to the company’s four product areas—water, air, land, and space.
“Lockheed Martin’s $10 million is the largest pledge the Museum campaign has received to date, and we appreciate the company’s remarkable commitment,” said MG John P. Herrling (USA-Ret.), Campaign executive director, in acknowledging the gift.
“With Lockheed Martin’s distinguished reputation for supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that educate young people, the sponsorship of the Museum’s Education Pavilion is yet another way of doing their part to help produce an emerging generation of talented scientists and engineers,” Herrling added.
Considered one of the marquee features that will give the National Army Museum an important part of its unique identity, the Education Pavilion will be located on the first floor directly adjacent to the Museum lobby. It will include an extensive experiential learning area, complete with classroom space and interactive learning tools including motion-sensitive smart tables, free-standing kiosks, and desk-mounted computers.
“Lockheed Martin is proud to support the National Museum of the United States Army’s Education Pavilion,” said Bob Stevens, chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin. “We believe this is an important investment to make in young people who may be considering a career in science, technology, engineering, or math.”
The pavilion is designed for flexibility so that over time future technologies can be incorporated, ensuring that the facility remains at the cutting edge of state-of-the-art learning techniques. The pavilion, which is expected to annually engage 180,000 students on site and more than 500,000 via the internet, also includes a large student-teacher lunch room and adjoining outdoor terrace.
The STEM programs featured throughout the Lockheed Martin-sponsored Education Pavilion will adhere to standards of learning and be designed primarily to engage and stimulate students in grades K-12, as well as to inform and educate Museum visitors of all ages.
“Both Lockheed Martin and the Army have an equally large stake in STEM education as industry requires an ongoing supply of scientists and engineers to continue to provide innovative solutions to Army requirements, and the Army needs technologically savvy Soldiers to properly evaluate, operate, and maintain what industry provides,” said David Lewis, the Capital Campaign’s director of corporate programs. “It’s wonderful to see Lockheed Martin and the Army, two great institutions, working in the Museum’s Educational Pavilion as part of their solution to this critical and ongoing need.”
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 132,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.
The Army Historical Foundation establishes, assists, and promotes programs and projects which preserve the history of the American Soldier and promote public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions by all components of the U.S. Army and its members. The Foundation serves as the Army’s official fundraising entity for the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. The Museum will be constructed at Fort Belvoir, Va., to honor the service and sacrifice of all American Soldiers who have served since the Army’s inception in 1775. For more information on the Foundation and the National Museum of the United States Army, visit www.armyhistory.org.