Lockheed Martin sponsoring PLTWKY Mars Rover Challenge Competition

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We are excited to announce a partnership between Project Lead The Way Kentucky (PLTWKY), housed in the UK College of Engineering, and Lockheed Martin in Lexington, KY.  Lockheed Martin is supporting the PLTWKY Mars Rover Challenge Competition for fifth grade students from across the Commonwealth on March 10, 2012 in the KY NASA lab, 112 Robotics. 

The Mars Rover Challenge Competition for PLTWKY high schools partnering with local elementary schools, specifically fifth graders involves a 25-day lesson in the classroom where teams of fifth graders partner to build a Mars Rover out of cardboard and hot glue, including  motors.  The students conduct a local elementary competition to determine one winning team from each participating elementary school. The competition is a partnership between the PLTW High School teacher(s) and the local elementary school teacher(s).  Franklin County is an excellent example of this partnership.

The elementary schools within the specific PTLW districts will then hold a district-wide competition, with each district winner coming to Lexington on March 10, 2012.  Thanks to the generosity of Lockheed Martin, we will be able to provide a travel stipend to each district winner.

Lockheed Martin is an extensive supporter of PLTW at the national level, so we are particularly thrilled to be able to announce this local partnership.  Thanks to Lockheed Martin for their support of the PLTWKY Mars Rover Challenge!!