[Satnews] MathAlive!®, the one-of-a-kind interactive math and science exhibit has drawn record-breaking crowds across the US, is on the road again in 2016. The mission: to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math by showing them its connection to, and influence on, the things they love most: music, sports, movies, games and more.
The MathAlive!® exhibition, presented nationally by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), will travel to military family communities next year:
- January to May 2016: Space Foundation Discovery Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- May to July 2016: Museum of Aviation, Warner-Robins, Georgia.
- July to October 2016: National Museum of the US Air Force, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
- October 2016 to January 2017: Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, Virginia.
"Unique programs like MathAlive! showcase the excitement of science, technology, engineering and math in order to capture the attention of today's youth," said Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy. "The next generation's application of STEM skills will fuel the global and economic security of our future."
In the US, the pipeline of talent needed to fill STEM jobs is not adequate to meet current and future demand, according to an annual index introduced by Raytheon and US News in 2014. The STEM Index is the first comprehensive measure of key factors relating to STEM jobs and education. The Index found that although the US is making strides in some areas, it continues to fall short in preparing today's students for tomorrow's innovation workforce.
MathAlive! is part of Raytheon's MathMovesU® educational program, which addresses the STEM workforce gap through initiatives like scholarships and grants for students, teachers and schools, and partnerships with educational organizations.
MathAlive! debuted at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in 2012. It has visited Phoenix, Arizona; Huntsville, Alabama; Houston, Texas; Hartford, Connecticut; Omaha, Nebraska; Wichita, Kansas; Boston, Massachusetts; San Diego, California, Cleveland, Ohio; and has traveled to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Collaborators for MathAlive! include NASA, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Engineers Week Foundation, the Society of Women Engineers, The Space Foundation, and MATHCOUNTS®.
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. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!®; Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the In the Numbers game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place and presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS®National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.