Monday, April 30, 2012

Mann Middle's Lockheed-Martin Donation Funds STEM Programs

Mann students
Engineering is thought of as an advanced subject, but in classrooms at Mann Middle School in City Heights pre-teens are beginning to learn about it with the help of an $11,500 grant from Lockheed-Martin.

Jose Lara, Mann's Gateway to Technology teacher, received the grant from Lockheed Martin's Cory Smith, representing the company's Engineers in the Classroom program. The class taps into the natural curiosity of middle school students, using a hands-on approach to teaching basic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.

The grant will be used to purchase component systems that the students will use to build small robots, structures and other items created by the imagination of the students.

"Horace Mann and Lockheed Martin partnered together in 2009," said Lara. "Aside from the financial contribution, our partnership has included countless site visits by Lockheed Martin Engineers and various forms of support within the classroom."

For more information on the program, contact Kevin Martin, Vice Principal, at (619) 582-8990.