Engineers in the Classroom

Audience versions of this page: Educators

  • Challenge: Robots!

    Use the Engineering Process to Solve Real-World Problems

  • Introduce the World of Engineering

    Discover the Work and World of Engineers

    Introduce the World of Engineering
  • Explore Nanotechnology

    Explores New Frontiers in the Nano World.

    Explore Nanotechnology
  • Shape the Future

    Find Student Booklets About Careers in Engineering

    Shape the Future


Explore this collection of hands-on activities designed for use in K-12 classrooms and informal education settings.

Educational Activities for Grades K-4

How Small is Small

Students learn the vast size differential of nanoscale compared to visible scale objects.

Forces of Flight

Explore the four forces of flight and modify paper airplane designs in order to fly them more slowly or faster.

Seltzer Rocket Lab

Students will learn about the engineering process while conducting and observing three launch altitudes using film canister seltzer rockets.

Wind Turbine Design and Testing

Students will learn how the power of the wind is harnessed and used to make electricity by designing, building and testing wind turbines.

Short Activities - Elementary

Find two short hands-on activities designed to teach elementary students about objects at the nanoscale and the technology that allows us to see these objects.

Educational Activities for Grades 5-8

Challenge! Robots (game)

Students will use game-play to learn important concepts about the engineering process, the main parts of a robot, how those parts change with the problem the robot is intended to solve, and basic robotics programming.

Challenge: Robots! Engineer Guide

Designed specifically to help engineers use this game in the classroom.

Challenge: Robots! Educator Guide

Explore Robotics with Students in Grades 3-10

Space Weather and Magnetism

Students learn how the sun's activity and magnetism drive space weather and impact Earth's living and technological systems.

Nanotechnology: Using Refraction To Make Things Invisible

Students will learn how engineers are working with nanotechnology to make metamaterials. Students will explore how light refracts and bends naturally to better understand how scientist are trying to alter the way light bends with metamaterials to create invisibility fields.

Engineering Stomp Rockets

Explore how Newton's Third Law of Motion comes into play when launching a projectile like a stomp rocket. Students will work in small groups to design and launch a stomp rocket. Using their knowledge of Newton's Third Law of Motion, students will dicusss how they could modify their rocket's trajectory.  

Wind Energy Lab

Students will work through the engineering process while designing and testing wind turbine blades.

Short Activities - Middle School

Find two short hands-on activities designed to help middle school students understand that magnifying objects allows them to be seen in more detail and that objects look different at different magnifications.

Educational Activities for Grades 9-12

Space Weather and Solar Activity

Students learn how solar activity is monitored and examine the impact the sun has on space weather and Earth systems.

Exploring Newton's Laws of Motion with Bottle Rockets

Explore how Newton’s Second and Third Laws of Motion play a part in how a rocket lifts off. As a rocket burns fuel, a hot gas is created and forced out of the back of the rocket. Students will apply Newton’s Laws to design, test, redesign, and retest rockets to optimize the distance a rocket travels from launch.

Engineering Wind

Students will work through the engineering process while designing and testing wind turbine blades. Students will then use their tested turbine to investigate what happens to the voltage of electricity as it is transmitted along an electrical wire.


About This Project

The resources on the Engineers in the Classroom website are the result of a partnership between Lockheed Martin and National Geographic. The goal is to inspire and channel students into engineering and other careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM careers. 

On this website you will find a guide to help you prepare for your visit and a diverse collection of resources to use. The collection includes detailed hands-on activities, a dynamic intro video and PowerPoint presentation, video clips related to themes in the activities, Lockheed Martin engineering career booklets, and more. 

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Get Ready!
Advance planning is the key. Follow these steps as you plan your classroom visit:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the resources on this website.
  2. Schedule your visit as far in advance as possible.
  3. Read the Engineer Guide to get suggestions and ideas.
  4. Talk to the educator and decide which hands-on activity you will do.
  5. Have fun!

Engineer Survey
Please help us learn about your experiences as an Engineer in the Classroom by taking this survey.

Educator Survey
Did an engineer visit your classroom as part of the Engineers in the Classroom (EITC) program? Please take this survey to give us feedback about your experience.

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Engineer Guide

This detailed guide is designed to give you a framework for planning and implementing your visit. Find guidelines, practical suggestions, classroom management tips, and more.

Build the Future

Use this dynamic, fast-paced video as an introduction to the work and world of engineering.

PowerPoint Presentation

Use this customizable presentation to give a quick overview of the many different engineering fields—and the difference engineers make in all our lives.

Strategies for a Successful Classroom Visit

Join two well-versed classroom volunteers from Lockheed Martin for a first-hand look at what to expect and how to make the most of your classroom volunteer experience!

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Find our collection of educator resources about the invisible realms of things too fast, too slow, and too small to see.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Find multimedia activities on extreme weather in our solar system.

I Want to be an Engineer (High School)

With this booklet, high school students can find out more about engineering, what to do now to prepare for a career in engineering—or at least to have the option to consider it later—and learn about some of the engineering disciplines at Lockheed Martin.

I Want to be an Engineer (Middle School)

With this booklet, middle school students can find out more about engineering, what to do now to consider it as a career later, and learn about some of the engineering disciplines at Lockheed Martin.

I Want to be an Engineer (Elementary School)

With this booklet, elementary students work through puzzles, games, and activities to find out what it means to be an engineer and meet some engineers up close and personal.