Public schools in Washington D.C. will be receiving a boost in STEM program funding from the aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin.
The company has agreed to donate $6 million to help expand Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum provider. The funding will also provide $2 million in training and course materials for every school in the district to implement the program, The Washington Post reports.
Project Lead the Way provides project-based activities that teach real-world science and math concepts.
“Through these interactions and the PLTW curriculum, we hope students appreciate that by pursuing STEM careers they can help our world overcome complex challenges and push the boundaries of scientific discovery," said Stephanie C. Hill, vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil business, in a news release.