Mariam Cocker, an “Air Force STEM 2020 Challenge” contest winner from Eleanor Roosevelt high school in Maryland, takes the controls of an F-35 Simulator, instructed by a Lockheed Martin Fighter Demonstration Center representative. The 317th Recruiting Squadron’s “STEM 2020 Challenge” was an essay contest designed to inspire innovation and creativity in science, technology, engineering and math programs. Eighteen “Air Force STEM 2020 Challenge” essay contest winners from Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia schools were invited to the Pentagon April 20 for a day of learning about innovation in the Department of Defense.
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