Celebrating National Engineers Week: MathAlive! opens Saturday, Feb. 23, at
Space Center Houston
Interactive exhibit brings math to life for students
HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2013
HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --MathAlive!™, a highly interactive
traveling exhibition that allows visitors to experience math in action, opens
Saturday, Feb. 23, at Space Center Houston. Presented nationally by Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN) and locally by the City of Webster, this featured
exhibition debuts during National Engineers Week and runs through May 5, 2013.
The 5,000 square-foot exhibition is composed of 40 unique and interactive
experiences that take math into the applied worlds of design, engineering,
technology and science.
"NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, supported by Raytheon, is one
example of how today's and tomorrow's engineers and innovators use math and
science to provide training and simulation to customers worldwide," said John
Harris, president of Raytheon Technical Services Company."MathAlive! is
designed to spark interest and show students that math and science are used in
the world all around them, and especially in organizations like NASA."
At MathAlive! visitors can:
oDesign and play their own video games.
oTake the controls to master-engineer various aspects of a modern city.
oRace in a Boardercross challenge.
oCompete in a mountain bike race.
oCapture their image in a 360-degree freeze action photo.
oAnd control a simulated Mars rover.
"MathAlive! is a great addition to our out-of-this-world lineup of exciting
things to see and do this spring," said Richard Allen, CEO of Space Center
Houston. "This hands-on, minds-on exhibit will thrill kids and adults alike.
MathAlive! fits right in with the unique, high quality family entertainment
you will find only at Space Center Houston."
MathAlive! is the largest-scale initiative to date of Raytheon's MathMovesU^®,
a national program inspiring students to embrace mathematics as a key to their
future. The exhibition, produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, debuted at the
Smithsonian in 2012 where it enjoyed record-breaking traveling exhibit
attendance levels. MathAlive! went on to visit Phoenix, Ariz., and Huntsville,
Ala., before coming to Houston. The exhibition is on a multiyear tour to
science centers and museums in 15 U.S. and international cities, and is
projected to draw 4 million visitors overall.
Institutional collaborators for MathAlive! include NASA, the National Council
of Teachers of Mathematics, National Society of Professional Engineers,
National Engineers Week Foundation, the Society of Women Engineers, and
MathAlive! is included with admission to Space Center Houston and is designed
to appeal to visitors of all ages and levels of math ability, but with
particular relevance to students grades 3-8.
About Space Center Houston
As the Official Visitor Center for NASA Johnson Space Center, Space Center
Houston (SCH) is the only place on earth that gives guests an
out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space. Since 1992, this
$75 million, 180,000 square-foot complex has entertained and informed over 15
million guests from every corner of the globe. Space Center Houston features a
multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions, theaters and exhibits. In
addition, the venue presents an amazing array of traveling exhibits and
astounding events created exclusively by SCH's own creative exhibit team.
Space Center Houston is open every day of the year, with the exception of Dec.
25. Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Parkway Houston, Texas 77058,
approximately 25 miles south of downtown Houston in the NASA/Clear Lake area.
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
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
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