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Raytheon and Museum of Science Roll Out 'Explore Engineering Day'
[October 19, 2011]

Raytheon and Museum of Science Roll Out 'Explore Engineering Day'

Oct 19, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- More than 1,600 local students, teachers and chaperones from 16 New England middle schools immersed themselves in the field of engineering through an "Explore Engineering Day" event organized by Raytheon Company and held at the Museum of Science, Boston.

In a release, the Company noted details of the event: The event introduced students to fundamental engineering concepts through interaction with Raytheon engineers and volunteers at hands-on activity stations that brought to life the wonders of robotics, satellites and air traffic control. By completing tasks at the three activity stations, plus a fourth station devoted to mathematics, students qualified to earn an honorary "engineering certificate" to take home as a memento of their achievements.

The event, sponsored by Raytheon as part of the company's MathMovesU program that champions math and science education throughout the United States, featured a kickoff presentation by television meteorologist Matt Noyes of New England Cable News (NECN).

Mark E. Russell, Raytheon Company VP of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance, said, "Raytheon is committed to inspiring tomorrow's engineers, scientists and technologists by introducing them to new and innovative approaches to the field. Today's event is another unique experience delivered by Raytheon's MathMovesU program that exposes students to some of the interesting opportunities a career in engineering can offer." "The Museum is committed to offering new and exciting interactive programs that focus on engineering and technology," said Paul Fontaine, the Museum of Science's VP of Education. "We are thrilled that, through our partnership with Raytheon, the Museum can host this first-of-a-kind event that sparks students' interest in engineering through hands-on activities with practicing engineers and in important fields like robotics, satellites and air traffic control." Raytheon said that it is the Museum of Science, Boston's longest active corporate supporter with a relationship dating to 1953. Raytheon recently announced a $1 million sponsorship to the museum in support of its Engineering is Elementary (EiE) program that taps into the natural curiosity of school children to cultivate their understanding of engineering and technology. The EiE curriculum provides a structure for teamwork as students work together to apply their knowledge of science and math in creative ways, and to design, create and develop possible solutions. Raytheon's investment will support the training of elementary school teachers using the EiE curriculum and expand EiE training hubs beyond Boston, establishing new professional development centers in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Ariz., and Huntsville, Ala., to facilitate the adoption of EiE by more classrooms throughout the country.

Raytheon's MathMovesU program is committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities.

Raytheon Company is a technology company The Museum of Science, Boston is a science center that introduces visitors to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of exhibits.

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