Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Lockheed Martin Corporation, Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs now includes what is known as the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center (LMSEC). The new center is dedicated to advancing education in areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
During a dedication ceremony yesterday, the LMSEC, was officially opened and is reportedly already benefiting Colorado schoolchildren and educators. The center is seen as being especially beneficial to schools serving large concentrations of low-income and at-risk children.
“If we are to continue to make great advances in space, we must spark the curiosity of young minds and inspire students with the amazing opportunities aerospace has to offer,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
“The opening of the Space Foundation’s Lockheed Martin Space Education Center will provide a powerful platform for the delivery of STEM education through hands-on interactive programming that brings math and science to life.”
According to a press release, the LMSEC will directly impact more than 8,000 students and teachers each year, with thousands more impacted indirectly.
“The Space Foundation Discovery Center was designed from the ground up to be a STEM-purposed center of formal and informal education in Colorado, and, through distance delivery technologies, the nation and world,” said Elliot Pulham, chief executive officer of the Space Foundation.
“We are grateful to Lockheed Martin for the company’s enduring support of the Space Foundation, the Discovery Center and STEM education.”
The funding from Lockheed Martin is providing necessary STEM equipment and hardware for program delivery, scholarships for field trips and support for Space Foundation teacher professional development programs.