Tioga & Broome County 8th Graders to Visit Lockheed Martin


Approximately 120 local 8th grade students will visit the Lockheed Martin facility for a National Engineers Week event today.
Lockheed Martin has been sponsoring this annual event since 1998, and this year we will once again host Binghamton East, Binghamton West, Candor, Newark Valley, Owego-Apalachin, Spencer-Van Etten, Tioga Central and Waverly Middle Schools for an interactive day of fun, educational experiences to promote the study of math, technology, engineering and science.
Students are scheduled to arrive around 8:15 a.m., with the event running until 1:30 p.m.
The event includes sessions where the students will:
· Engage in hands-on, team-oriented activities aimed at meeting requirements, managing constraints and sharing knowledge – all essential skills in engineering disciplines.
· Interact with Lockheed Martin engineers who will discuss classes, careers, college and their own experiences entering the engineering field.
Students will also participate in a number of hands-on activities designed to offer insight into the world of engineering, some of which include:
· Gumdrop bridge building activity where teams design a bridge from gumdrops and spaghetti, choosing one bridge from each school to undergo a “vibration test.” The winning team will be awarded the grand prize.
· Egg drop challenge where teams design protective packaging for an egg that will be rolled down a steep ramp.
· Flight simulator to help students understand the fun and challenges of using simulation as a design method for presenting information to people that fly aircraft and drive vehicles.

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