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Lockheed Martin employees give Arrowwood kids a taste of engineering

 

HIGHLANDS RANCH- Have you ever wondered why things work the way they do? Like how does my phone recognize what a face is?

Kids from Arrowwood Elementary in Highlands Ranch learned that and all sorts of other fun things about engineering when a group of engineers from Lockheed Martin stopped by to visit as part of the company’s outreach week on February 23.

 

This was no lecture. It was hands on experience and having fun. They built hydraulic lifts. They learned about computer coding. They learned how computers mix colors. They even saw thermal images of themselves with an infrared camera. “

Engineering is fun. You breathe life into different things,” says Pat Howley, a Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin.

The hope is to open the eyes of kids to a career they may not have known anything about. Not everybody is meant to be an engineer, but Howley says “If we got one of these guys that found their calling and says ‘you know that sounds like something I might really want to do,’ then that’s great!”

 

 

February 24, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Career and Technical Education, Schools

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