Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Instead of learning in the classroom, some local students are getting a hands-on look at what it takes to be a professional engineer.
This morning, 8th grade students throughout Broome and Tioga County took a trip to Lockheed Martin.
It's all part of National Engineers Week.
Students are spending the day learning about the technology made at the facility.
From bridge building with marshmallows and spaghetti, to operating a flight simulator, these students are on their way to becoming true engineers.
"Explaining engineering to school students is a difficult concept, so we try to show it in action and say it's not that hard to do," says Systems Engineer, Valerie Gundrum. "It helps us build our talent pipeline and hopefully it gets them excited about working for companies like Lockheed Martin."
Lockheed Martin says the program is meant to help students in considering a future profession in engineering.
Students have been visiting the Owego facility for National Engineers Week since 1998.