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Lockheed Martin awards scholarships to 15 Jackson high school students for science problem-solving

logo itdayJackson high school students took home more than $20,000 in scholarship money recently during the STEM Bowl competition at Lockheed Martin’s IT Day at Jackson State University.

Five students from Provine took first place, and each won a $2,000 scholarship, while five students from Callaway took second place, winning $1,500 in scholarships. Lanier was third, and the five-student team won $1,000 each in scholarship money.

The test for the seven teams that participated was to find solutions for creating safe drinking water after a natural disaster. Students had 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.

STEM subjects are science, technology, engineering and math.

As part of the Lockheed Martin fifth annual Mississippi IT Day, the STEM Bowl helps address the nation’s need for more scientists and engineers by showing students the impact they can have on people’s lives and the environment.

“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.

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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