Thinking back to high school geometry, did you ever think you might calculate the hypotenuse of a triangle in your adult life? Or apply the principles of acceleration learned in physics class?

For aviators, understanding math and physics is a must for reviewing flight plans and calculating fuel usage. Students, however, often don't see a correlation between math and science and their life experiences. Like generations before, they find themselves questioning when they will ever use the lessons taught in school.

What kids do understand is technology. 

When it comes to technology in education, there is an enormous amount of evidence that indicates immersive, game-based learning environments foster deeper learning and provide opportunities to develop and exercise collaborative skills.

It’s all a matter of harnessing gaming power for an academic purpose. Lockheed Martin is working to combine technology and learning for professionals and students through its Prepar3D® simulation software. It’s one conduit to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.


Academic programs using Prepar3D blend the latest simulation and serious game technologies with learning objectives that allow students to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

With its Prepar3D software, Lockheed Martin advances affordable game-based learning to give students and professionals an immersive academic and training platform. Prepar3D allows users to create learning scenarios anywhere in the virtual world from underwater to space.

Currently in use by U.S. C-130J pilots for cockpit familiarization and procedures training, Prepar3D can be loaded on laptops or integrated with commercially available hardware to create an authentic learning environment.
Because of Prepar3D’s adaptability, academic institutions, educators and parents can also develop learning scenarios for youth to provide fun and retainable experiences.

For more information about Lockheed Martin Prepar3D, please visit, and take a test flight at Otronicon.

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