Lockheed Martin Australia named as platinum sponsor of Australia’s biggest interactive science expo Science Alive!


The South Australian Minister for Education and Child Development, the Hon Susan Close at the Lockheed Martin Australia Mawson Lakes Office at the 2016 Science Alive! Program launch.

26 June 2017 - ADELAIDE, Australia – Lockheed Martin Australia has today been announced as the platinum sponsor of Australia’s biggest interactive science expo Science Alive!

Science Alive! 2017 – is the largest event of its kind in Australia. The event runs for three full days in August, spans 17,000 m2 of the Adelaide Showground and attracts an audience of over 26,000.  It brings together the ‘who’s who’ of science and technology in South Australia, all three major universities, TAFE SA and the SA Museum.

Lockheed Martin Australia has been supporting this event for more than four years, and this will be the second year the defence and innovation company has partnered as the platinum sponsor.

“We are delighted to be supporting Science Alive! for the fourth year running”, said Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive Vince Di Pietro. “We’re proud to roll up our sleeves and contribute in such an active way to our nation’s goal to develop an enduring, highly skilled workforce and this is just one of the STEM {science, technology engineering and mathematics] initiatives we are investing in to help generate enthusiasm and create opportunities for thousands of young Australians to engineer and enjoy the future.”

“Our Lockheed Martin Australia employees have been volunteering their support for this event over many years as volunteers, and we are proud to see it spread in rural and regional communities in South Australia,” continued Mr Di Pietro.

Lockheed Martin Australia will be front and centre at the exhibition – with a number of engaging and interactive activities for young and old alike.  Visitors to the Lockheed Martin Australia stand will be able to fly an F-35 jet, learn about how submarines work, walk on Mars and speak to our engineers about what a STEM-related career at Lockheed Martin can offer in the future.

According to Science Alive! Event Director Brian Haddy, this year is sure to spark “incredible excitement and curiosity” with close to 30,000 visitors from across South Australia expected to attend — the majority being young people and their families.

“Our aim is to help the community, particularly our young people, appreciate the enormous impact science and technology has had on everyday lives, and the remarkable opportunities it continues to present,” said Mr Haddy.

“This year’s line-up is sure to achieve that. We’ll have hands-on exhibits on mixed-reality technology, droids and robotics, interactive gaming, solar cars, native animal displays, health and nutrition and much more. We haven’t adopted ‘All kinds of awesome’ for nothing!”

Daily entry to the August 5-6 expo will be free for all children under 18 years and $20 for adults 19 and over. Tickets are even cheaper online and are now available at the event website: www.sciencealivesa.org.au

Real-time updates regarding exhibitors and special presenting guests will also be regularly posted on the website, along with the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ScienceAliveSA

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com.au

About Lockheed Martin Australia

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 800 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.