DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) will provide $300,000 to launch the first phase of a new program, the Initiative for Military Families, which will provide Advanced Placement courses in math and science to children from military families.
“This important initiative will help our country’s military families by providing consistent, high-level education in the schools serving their children,” said Tom Luce, CEO of NMSI. “This will ensure that students from military families receive the skills they will need to succeed in today’s highly competitive, highly technical world.”
As part of its K-12 outreach initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, Lockheed Martin is partnering with NMSI and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) on the Initiative for Military Families. Engineers in the Classroom supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education efforts by supplementing school STEM curriculums with fun, hands-on learning activities that give students and Lockheed Martin engineers a chance to work together.
“As a global security company, Lockheed Martin is committed to educating our young people in science and math. Our future success, and the future technological success of our nation, is dependent on a pipeline of highly trained, highly capable technical talent,” said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Lockheed Martin Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “This project will help ensure that children of service members who are guardians of our freedom have access to the best education resources possible.”
The Initiative for Military Families will expand NMSI’s highly successful Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) to public high schools that serve military families across the country. The Initiative for Military Families will launch APTIP programs in four high schools this fall. The first high schools to benefit from the initiative are in Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Hood in Texas. It is expected that with additional future funding, the program will eventually be expanded to more than 100 public high schools.
More than 160,000 young people in the U.S. have a parent currently deployed in active duty combat, and over one million children have had a parent deployed during the last eight years. In total, there are over two million children of active duty, National Guard, and reserve military personnel in public schools in the U.S.
Dr. Mary Keller, President and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition, said, “The Military Child Education Coalition is delighted to work with NMSI on this important effort because, first and foremost, it is an evidenced-based approach that results in students attaining a high level of achievement through success in AP math and science courses. Secondly, what we know from the MCEC’s research is that military-connected students can experience barriers to high performance in math and science either because of gaps in skills and knowledge or because of a lack of awareness about the critical value of courses with high quality, national standards such as AP. Through the generous support of Lockheed Martin, NMSI’s program will make a difference for secondary school students with one or more parents serving our nation. We are deeply grateful.”
About NMSI: The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to reverse the troubling decline in American math and science education. NMSI is dedicated to dramatically impacting the U.S. public school system by bringing best practices to education and replicating programs nationally that have documented success in math and science education. Inaugural funding for NMSI was provided by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
About Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program: APTIP increases dramatically the performance of high school students in rigorous college-level courses in math, science, and English. The comprehensive APTIP approach increases teacher effectiveness and student achievement through content training, teacher and student support, vertical alignment of teachers, open enrollment, and incentives. Schools participating in APTIP in 2008-2009 school year showed a 52 percent increase in AP exams passed in math, science, and English, which is more than nine times higher than the national average.
About the Military Child Education Coalition: MCEC was established in 1998 to help military-connected children meet the challenges that frequent transitions pose during their educational years. The coalition provides transition services for students, parent workshops, information resources, and counseling resources to help military children and families thrive in challenging times.
About Lockheed Martin: Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.