Local high school students' solutions for creating safe drinking water after a natural disaster earned them more than $20,000 in scholarships at the 3rd Annual STEM Bowl on March 21 at Jackson State University (JSU). Equally important was that the 35 students who participated in competition sponsored by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] in partnership with JSU were encouraged to pursue their interest in STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
As part of the Lockheed Martin 5th Annual Mississippi IT Day, the STEM Bowl is helping to address the nation's pressing need for more scientists and engineers by exciting students about the tremendous positive impact they can have on people's lives and the environment through creative solutions to real-world problems.
"The STEM Bowl is one way that Lockheed Martin is showing high school students how stimulating and rewarding a STEM education and career can be. We want students to see the difference they can make in the world by pursuing these subjects," said Von Richardson, principal, Lockheed Martin Small Business Development.
The challenge for the seven teams in the 2013 STEM Bowl was to use a 12-volt direct current device that generates a 0.8% sodium hypochlorite solution from water and table salt in a natural disaster scenario. The winners and their prizes were:
Since the first competition in 2011, approximately 100 students from local public schools have participated the STEM Bowl, and 45 students have received scholarships. Many previous participants have gone on to pursue STEM-related studies at local universities, including Mississippi State University, Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, and University of Southern Mississippi.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
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