September 29, 2016 – Lockheed Martin has partnered with Discovery Education to offer a unique experience to classrooms worldwide. On October 4 at 11 a.m. MT (1 p.m. ET), students can participate in a virtual field trip live from the Lockheed Martin Spacecraft Operations Simulation Center in Littleton, Colorado.
Lockheed Martin has supported every NASA mission to Mars over the last four decades and is currently developing technologies like the Orion spacecraft to help NASA send humans to deep space destinations like Mars in the 2030s. During this World Space Week event, students will have behind-the-scenes access to this unique space facility and meet the STEM professionals who are working on these missions. Plus, students will see space exploration technology in action.
This program is part of Lockheed Martin’s Generation Beyond, which brings the science of space into homes and classrooms across America to engage students and help them prepare to make missions to deep space a reality.
“We want to inspire kids to become the next generation of engineers and space explorers by pursuing STEM paths. Generation Beyond uses space exploration, an area that already generates excitement among young people, to show students how focusing on math and science will take them to places they’ve never dreamed, including another planet,” said Stephen Frick, former NASA astronaut and Director of Strategic Planning and Operations at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC).
The program, available at no cost, includes an online curriculum for teachers and families, with standards-based, digital resources such as lesson plans, educator guides and family activities. These resources introduce a wide variety of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and contrast differences between life in space and on Earth, and illustrate the challenges of a future Mars mission.
To register for the Generation Beyond Virtual Field Trip and access educational materials, visit:
No special equipment is needed to view this event online. All you need is an internet connected computer (and a way to share with students – projector and speakers). Students will have the chance to submit questions to ask live.
Discovery Education provides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning.
Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, LLC the leading global nonfiction media company. The leader in digital video-based learning, Discovery Education produces and distributes high-quality digital resources in easy-to-use formats in all core-curricular subject areas. Discovery Education is committed to creating scientifically proven, standards-based digital resources for teachers, students, and parents that make a positive impact on student learning. Through solutions like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Science, Discovery Education Health and more, Discovery Education helps over one million educators and 35 million students harness the power of broadband and media to connect to a world of learning.