Lockheed Martin sponsors school robotics lab in Jordan
Research facility will support STEM teaching at King's Academy in Jordan
Lockheed Martin has announced that it has founded a robotics lab in Jordan.
The Lockheed Martin Incubator has been established at King’s Academy, a private school in Madaba, Jordan.
The research facility supports equipment, technology and software that will complement the institution’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula. The cutting-edge space will be available for use to all King’s Academy students in grades 7 to 12.
Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the laboratory, Vice Admiral (Ret) Anthony Winns, Lockheed Martin’s Middle East-Africa Regional Executive, said: “Cultivating talent at the earliest stages with practical STEM initiatives such as the Lockheed Martin Incubator at King’s Academy will ensure that Jordan continues to nurture the brightest minds that will lead their country’s quest for innovation and discovery. As a technology leader working around the globe, we understand that the security and progress of a community, business and country is dependent on its next generation.”
The donation comes after Lockheed Martin marked its 50thanniversary in Jordan last year. The shared history is one of the company’s oldest partnerships in the Middle East region.
“Lockheed Martin has long been an industry leader in technological innovation, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with them in bringing this spirit of creativity to our students and faculty,” said John Austin, Headmaster, King’s Academy. “The new Lockheed Martin Incubator will provide a dynamic space for both inspiration and experimentation, as well as enhance our practical teaching tutorials in a range of school subjects.”
Since 1967, Lockheed Martin has developed an extensive portfolio in Jordan that includes defense products, security-related technologies and capacity-building initiatives. Today, the company provides 15 different machines and services to Jordan, and also engages in extensive technical training programs with the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces.