$1 Million Grant From Lockheed Martin Gives More Students Access to STEM Curriculum

$1 Million Grant From Lockheed Martin Gives More Students Access to STEM
Curriculum

Support Funds 49 Project Lead The Way Programs in Schools Nationwide

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lockheed Martin Corporation and
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) have committed 49 new grants totaling $1 million
to implement and sustain PLTW programs in 12 states and the District of
Columbia. Altogether, the PLTW programs in these 23 high schools and 26 middle
schools will provide 47,737 students access to PLTW's rigorous and hands-on
STEM curriculum.

Grant money awarded to the 49 schools is made possible by the continued
support of Lockheed Martin. Grants will cover the costs associated with
implementing a PLTW program, including teacher training at PLTW's annual
summer Core Training Institute and program-related expenses such as equipment,
materials, and supplies.

"In addition to significant monetary support, we are deeply grateful for
Lockheed Martin's national leadership and their investment in building a
stronger STEM pipeline by mentoring and providing outstanding educational
opportunities for students," said Dr. Vince Bertram, PLTW President and CEO.
Since 2007, Lockheed Martin has provided grants and scholarships to PLTW
students, supported the development of PLTW's middle school and high school
courses focused on aerospace engineering and flight, and connected Lockheed
Martin engineers with students through its "Engineers in the Classroom"
initiative.

"At Lockheed Martin, we recognize that a generation of scientists, engineers,
and mathematicians are reaching retirement age, and there's a need for a
steady pipeline of young talent to replace these important technology
positions in the United States," said Emily Simone, Lockheed Martin's director
of Global Community Outreach. "We're proud to partner with PLTW to address
this national imperative by educating and inspiring students to pursue
rewarding careers in STEM-related fields."

Students who study STEM education through PLTW are shown to study engineering
and other STEM careers at a rate of five to ten10 times higher than their
non-PLTW peers. Introducing students to STEM education is a critical factor in
ensuring that America is able to meet the future demand for highly skilled and
highly technical workers.

To view the full list of schools that received grants funds, click here.

About PLTW

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Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs
used in schools. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, PLTW exists to
prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum,
high-quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators,
students, universities and professionals. PLTW's comprehensive curriculum has
been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators,
engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote
critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving
skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on
multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not
pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and
career success. More than 4,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of
Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more
information, visit www.pltw.org.

The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=16440

CONTACT: Jennifer Cahill, PLTW Dir. of Communications
         317.669.0871 or jcahill@pltw.org

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