This is the second straight year Lockheed Martin has helped Chesapeake's efforts to teach students the benefits of robotics. Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent, Joe Hairston, said the donation will help students at the school earn the necessary skills for a successful career in a STEM field.
"This generous support from our partner, Lockheed Martin, is a solid commitment to these students and the fact that they will be well trained for many of the high-paying, highly technical jobs of the future," Hairston said.
Chesapeake High School and Lockheed Martin are business partners, and the latter has made several contributions to the school in recent years. Donations to the robotics program has allowed Chesapeake's robotics teams to compete at both the regional and national levels.
Robotics programs across the nation will be helped out by a separate donation committed by the SME Education Foundation. The organization recently gave $400,000 to its industry partner, Project Lead the Way, which will use the funds to deploy the VEX Robotics Design System in numerous high schools.