Mathletes® gear up for 'May Madness' at the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition

Mathletes® gear up for 'May Madness' at the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National

National title at stake as nation's brightest middle school math students
descend on Washington, D.C., for nail-biting finale

PR Newswire

WALTHAM, Mass., May 2, 2013

WALTHAM, Mass., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --What March Madness^® is to college
basketball, "May Madness" is to middle school math, as the nation's best and
brightest middle school math students descend on Washington, D.C., May 9-12,
to compete for the titles of individual and team National Champion. Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN)is title sponsor of the 2013 MATHCOUNTS National

The final 224 competitors represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
U.S. territories and schools from the Departments of Defense and State. They
have prevailed in heart-pounding competitions involving some 100,000 students
from more than 5,000 schools at the local and state level to earn the right to
compete in the Washington, D.C., finale.

"The Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition showcases the incredible
achievements of our nation's most talented math students, and challenges them
to reach their full potential in mathematics," said Lou DiGioia, executive
director of MATHCOUNTS. "Our partnership with Raytheon enables us to continue
to provide engaging and enriching math programs to U.S. middle school students
to expand their future opportunities in science, technology, engineering and

ESPN will telecast live coverage of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National
Competition "Countdown Round." It takes place Friday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m. EDT
and will be telecast exclusively on, the same network that carries
the early rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Also determined will be the winner of the Reel Math Challenge video
competition finals, in which teams of middle school students present their
original videos to demonstrate the real-world application of a math concept as
described in the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook. An online voting process that
garnered more than 100,000 votes selected four finalist teams; each will
present its video on Saturday, May 11. The winning video will be selected by
the 2013 MATHCOUNTS National Competition Mathletes.

In addition to incredible bragging rights, the winners of these competitions
will receive substantial prizes: The individual Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National
Competition Champion will receive the $8,000 Donald G. Weinert Scholarship to
the college of his or her choice along with a trip to U.S. Space Camp in
Huntsville, Ala. Runners-up, as well as members of the winning team, also
receive college scholarships. Reel Math Challenge finalist team members
receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2013 MATHCOUNTS Competition, and each
member of the winning team will be awarded a $1,000 college scholarship.

To spread the spirit of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, the
company is inviting adults and middle school students to compete virtually in
an interactive Facebook challenge on the MathMovesU® Facebook page. The
virtual challenge is based on real MATHCOUNTS competition questions.
Participants can test their skill, earn and share badges, advance to higher
playing levels, and challenge their friends.

Sponsorship of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition is a core
component of Raytheon's MathMovesU program, an initiative designed to engage
middle school students in math and science and help inspire the next
generation of technologists and innovators. Raytheon is the title sponsor of
the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition through 2018.


MATHCOUNTS^® is a non-profit national math enrichment, coaching and
competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in
every U.S. state and territory, and is one of the most successful education
partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students
in America. MATHCOUNTS offers teachers, kids and parents free materials to
encourage math enrichment and prepare students for a high-tech future that
will require mathematics-related skills to achieve success. Materials and
information are available at

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,
security and civil 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 at and follow us on
Twitter @raytheon.

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