Classroom innovation takes center stage as Raytheon celebrates engineering

  Classroom innovation takes center stage as Raytheon celebrates engineering

National Engineers Week will bring engineering to life for students nationwide
with live events, online challenges and classroom contest

PR Newswire

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 15, 2013

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Hovercrafts will zoom across
land, scientists will mix beakers full of colorful eruptions, and students
will "re-engineer" their schools – as Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) kicks off
its nationwide celebration of National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23). The
weeklong festivities will showcase the positive impact of engineers on society
and bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life for
tomorrow's workforce.

"National Engineers Week is an ideal time to encourage students to explore
science, technology, engineering and math," said Raytheon Chairman and CEO
William H. Swanson. "Each year, we hope the visibility and the week's
'learn-by-doing' engineering experience inspires students nationwide to become
a new generation of innovators."

As part of Raytheon's commitment to STEM education, employees will host live
events and hands-on engineering activities in partnership with local community
schools and organizations. Raytheon volunteers will help thousands of students
experience engineering concepts firsthand, while the company's flagship STEM
program, MathMovesU^®, engages students and teachers via Facebook in an online
challenge, contest and discussion.

Highlights of planned activities include:

  o"Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day": Raytheon engineers nationwide will
    educate young women about the benefits of embarking on STEM careers by
    taking them out of the classroom and into the field with practical
    activities to help them see how math and science shape the world around
  o"Build it Better" Contest: Teachers and students will be challenged to
    engineer an aspect of their school life – from lunch lines to monkey bars
    to desk configuration – describing how they would design it better, for a
    chance to win up to $2,000 for their classroom. The contest opens Monday,
    Feb.18. More information can be found on the MathMovesU Facebookpage.
  o"How I Engineered My Future": MathMovesU will invite its Facebook
    community to share stories of how they built their careers or are working
    toward a future in the STEM workforce.
  oSum of all Thrills™ Certified Coaster Crafter: Walt Disney World's^®
    Epcot^® park guests will use kinetic energy and the laws of physics to see
    what makes a thrill ride soar.
  o"Surfing On Air" in Boston: Students will be challenged to build their own
    mini hovercrafts, at Boston's Hynes Convention Center Feb. 16-17 – one of
    several activities that Raytheon brings to Family Science Days at the
    Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  o"Science from Scientists" in Foxboro, Mass.: Raytheon and The Hall at
    Patriot Place presented by Raytheon at Gillette Stadium will host Boys &
    Girls Club members as they participate in a fun-filled day of exploring
    engineering concepts with "Doctor Erika" and crew.
  o"MathAlive!" in Houston: The interactive, traveling math exhibit will
    arrive at the Space Center Houston on Feb. 23. 
  o"Engineering is Awesome" in Tucson, Ariz.: High school students from the
    University of Arizona's "Engineering 102" program will participate in five
    different hands-on engineering activities.
  oStraw Rocket Challenge, El Segundo, Calif.: Middle school students will
    participate in interactive math and science activities – such as the straw
    rocket launch challenge – during this day-long event. Students also will
    learn about emitted heat signatures and have their pictures taken via
    Raytheon's Forward Looking Infrared Sensor, and use an interactive globe
    to view the Earth. Shayla Rivera, "The Funny Rocket Scientist," will
    headline the event.
  o"Engineering Games" in Goleta, Calif: High school students will be
    challenged to build a Sterling cycle engine out of everyday items,
    including a coffee can.

For more information about Raytheon's involvement in National Engineers Week,
as well as the company's commitment to STEM education, visit
Raytheon's focus on STEM education and workforce preparedness is part of its
MathMovesU® program.

About MathMovesU
Raytheon's MathMovesU^® program is an initiative 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 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.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us
atwww.raytheon.comand follow us on Twitter@raytheon.

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