OREANDA-NEWS. Lockheed Martin today launched a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, designed to provide an inspiring and more inclusive pathway for young and promising female students in Singapore to the stimulating and rewarding world of STEM.

In partnership with UN Women Singapore, Lockheed Martin held its first STEM event in Singapore today, titled “Girls Take Flight”. The event was held at Biopolis Singapore where over 300 students were in attendance to listen to and interact with three industry-leading women speakers: Lieutenant Colonel Carrie M. Howe, Marine Attach? to the Republic of Singapore, U.S. Marine Corps; Claire Deevy, Head of Economic Growth Initiatives, Asia Pacific, Facebook; and Dr. Guo Huili, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology Scientist, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

“Women have contributed a great deal to STEM industries throughout the years. Being a part of this evolving and exciting industry which places innovation at the forefront, we are excited to have the opportunity to encourage more young women to consider this line of work,” said Alina Boey, Head of Communications, Asia, Lockheed Martin. “I look forward to seeing more and more young women realize their potential and have the chance to make their own unique impact to our future.”

The three speakers spoke of their varied roles within the STEM industry, shared experiences and key challenges they face day-to-day and answered questions as part of an open panel session moderated by senior women executives from Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin will continue to work closely with secondary schools in Singapore to launch the next initiative from its series of community involvement and mentoring programs.

“Advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is an integral part of the Lockheed Martin promise,” said Doug Greenlaw, Vice President and Regional Executive, Asia, Lockheed Martin. “STEM resonates with our business strategy. We know first-hand the importance of educating young leaders as they aspire to develop the next generation of technological innovation. Today’s Girls Take Flight event is the first of many exciting and meaningful community mentorship programs we have planned for Singapore and the rest of Asia.”