Skunk Works® Virtual Field Trip

Lockheed Martin wants high school students to Reach for the Sky! and is making it possible through its Generation Beyond Aviation Virtual Field Trip.

Through a virtual experience, high school students will visit the Lockheed Martin facility in Palmdale, California Lockheed Martin facility and get a behind the scenes look at Skunk Works®, which creates “revolutionary aircraft and technologies that push the boundaries of what is possible”.

It is not often one gets the opportunity to see the workings of a creative and innovative approach that has been responsible for some of the most technologically advanced aircraft for the past 75 years.

Topics covered during the Think Like the Skunk Works® STEM-focused virtual field trip are “Nature Inspired Design”: Biomimicry, “The Ultimate Renewable Power”: Lockheed Martin Compact Fusion Reactor (CFR), “Lowering the Boom”: Supersonic Air Travel, “From Design to Flight”: Designing Aircraft and “Flying Drones”: Autonomous Aircraft. Along with identifying STEM careers they may want to pursue, students will see the collaborative efforts in action on overt and covert projects by aeronautical engineers, plasma physicists, data analysts and aircraft designers.

Other activities planned for the event are a live, real-time chat on Twitter with Lockheed Martin and participating students from around the world. If you or your child has questions about Skunk Works®, you may join the conversation before the event and submit them. Your questions could get answered during the virtual field trip.

The Generation Beyond Aviation Virtual Field Trip is free and will be held on Tuesday, December 4, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Registration for the field trip is easy and may be done online. You only need to register for your classroom and any number of students may attend. Although the experience is geared towards high school students, younger students with an interest may also participate.

Enhance the learning with the Virtual Field Trip Educator Guide that includes educational activities you may do with your students before attending the field trip. This opportunity is great for parents homeschooling their own children or teachers working with a co-op or tutorial. If you are unable to attend the field trip, an archived recording of the event will be available later.

Let your student Reach for the Sky! and make plans to “travel to California” next week to learn about Skunk Works®.


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