[SatNews] Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has made a four-year commitment to Colorado Springs and the Space Foundation to provide educational opportunities to inspire the next generation of innovators through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Raytheon will be sponsoring STEM related educational activities at the Discovery Center through 2018 and will be the premier sponsor for the museum's Summer of Discovery 10-week educational series. In addition to funding the popular summer programs, this new partnership will also support local school districts' visits to the museum through the Raytheon ScholarTrips Program which provides transportation and admissions costs for school districts interested in bringing STEM education to their students.
In addition to these programs, Raytheon is planning to bring its highly interactive traveling MathAlive!® exhibit to the Space Foundation's Discovery Center during the first half of 2016. MathAlive! has drawn record-breaking attendance at museums across the United States by inviting visitors to experience math in action. Primarily designed for kids in grades 3-8, the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most -- video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics and more. MathAlive! creates interactive and immersive experiences for students that demonstrate the relevance of STEM in their everyday lives, and is part of Raytheon's MathMovesU® national program to inspire students to embrace mathematics as a key to their future.
"The Raytheon team in Colorado Springs is passionate about the missions we support and the technologies we build, and want to make sure our commitment to innovation through engineering is shared with the next generation," said Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon IIS. "Raytheon's focus on STEM education complements the established initiatives underway at the Discovery Center to fuel interest in the areas that will ensure our country's future competitiveness and economic growth."
"Raytheon has been a leader in supporting STEM education in the United States," said Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham. "This multi-year commitment will have huge benefit in our community, and will significantly advance our mission to Inspire, Enable and Propel the next generation of explorers."