"Lockheed Martin Australia understands our vision and shares our passion for educating and inspiring tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians."
Defence technology and innovation company, Lockheed Martin Australia, has announced its ongoing commitment to the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) for another three years.
Continuing its initial commitment that covered NYSF 2015-2017, Lockheed Martin Australia’s renewed major sponsorship of the NYSF will provide a further three years of operational support for the activities conducted through the NYSF 2018, 2019 and 2020 initiatives, including: Year 12 Program, the NYSF Next Step Program; National Science Teachers Summer School; and Student Staff Leadership Program.
Speaking via video-link from the US at an NYSF Next Step program visit to the state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin Endeavour Centre in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive Vince Di Pietro AM acknowledged the significant impact of the NYSF program, particularly for young women and for young people in regional communities.
“NYSF plays a vital role in inspiring the future STEM professionals Australia will need to ensure we can compete globally and protect our national interests,” he said. “We are proud to continue our support of the NYSF and play our part in helping to expand the horizons of potentially thousands of young Australians from every state and territory – including young men and women from diverse backgrounds, living in both urban and remote areas.”
Speaking on behalf of the NYSF Board, Deputy Chair, the Hon Kate Lundy, emphasised the important role that companies such as Lockheed Martin Australia can play in ensuring there is a developing cohort of qualified professionals and skilled workforce to support future economic growth.
"Through our relationship with Lockheed Martin Australia, the NYSF has been able to showcase the kinds of study paths, careers and opportunities that are available to young people interested in all fields of scientific endeavor."
"Visiting the virtual reality labs and other developing technologies here, and at the STELarLab in Melbourne are a unique opportunity and just one example of the kinds of access that our corporate partners offer."
NYSF chairman, Andrew Metcalfe AO, welcomed Lockheed Martin Australia’s renewed partnership commitment as the NYSF celebrates 35 years continuous delivery of its flagship Year 12 Program.
“Companies such as Lockheed Martin Australia are leading the way in supporting Australia’s youth to be well informed about their study and career options in Science, Technology and Engineering fields through its support of the NYSF Year 12 Program.”
“Lockheed Martin Australia understands our vision and shares our passion for educating and inspiring tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Support from companies such as Lockheed Martin Australia enables us to deliver quality programs and reach young Australians who are keen to invest in their future and understand their study and career options in STEM,” Mr Metcalfe concluded.