It’s not every day that people can play a life-sized Angry Birds game on the front lawn at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control plant.
In the name of Take Your Child to Work Day, access to the plant was broadened on Thursday for a brief period, although security was still tightly controlled. Because of Lockheed Martin’s heavy engineering and high-tech profile, the event naturally focused on STEM education, or Science Technology Engineering and Math skills.
Employees like George Toole, 42, brought his son, also George Toole, and daughter Samantha, 7. The kids checked out a robot exoskeleton demonstration that Lockheed is developing for the military.
“He’s very in tune with math, and we encourage that and tutor him at home,” said Toole, a software engineer on Lockheed’s JASSM program, or Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. “He’s working on multiplication already.”
Toole said he’s concerned about the overall science and math ability of U.S. children. He said he and his wife, who live in Waterford Lakes, had considered home-schooling their kids, but decided to be a part of the public education system.
Outside on the lawn, 15-year-old Wesley Wood, of Doctor Phillips, checked out a mobile radar unit deployed for the occasion. His father Philip Wood looked on.
“I love math, but I’m still exploring what I want to do in college,” Wesley Wood said.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department brought in a helicopter and other displays, while the life-size Angry Birds game was from the Orlando Science Center.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun