WGBH, Raytheon launch nationwide PBS LearningMedia program integrating engineering in K-12 classrooms

    WGBH, Raytheon launch nationwide PBS LearningMedia program integrating
                        engineering in K-12 classrooms

Industry leaders unite to help teachers educate next generation of engineers

PR Newswire

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 21, 2014

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --In recognition of National
Engineers Week, WGBH and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) – the Waltham,
Mass.-based technology and innovation leader – have partnered to build a new
collection of media-rich resources for K-12 educators that teach to the Next
Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The collection – "Teaching NGSS
Engineering Design Through Media" – is now available on PBS LearningMedia™ and
features a wide range of tools to engage and inspire young engineers in K-12

"Raytheon understands the critical need to support educators as they integrate
engineering into their curriculum," said Pamela Erickson, Raytheon's vice
president of Corporate Affairs. "By working with WGBH and PBS LearningMedia to
bring these important professional development resources to teachers
nationwide, we hope to help cultivate the next generation of engineers."

WGBH is Boston's only multi-platform public broadcaster and is the largest
producer of television and web content for PBS. In 2002, WGBH created
Teachers' Domain, a broadband resource service for Massachusetts teachers that
established the foundation for the national PBS LearningMedia. Last year, WGBH
was named the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lead for PBS
LearningMedia, a free, online service for teachers across the U.S. with more
than 35,000 curriculum-based digital resources.

The launch of this new collection of engineering resources follows WGBH's
recent designation as a partner in the 100Kin10 initiative that strives to
recruit, train and retain 100,000 STEM teachers before 2021.

"By joining forces, WGBH and Raytheon aim to help teachers deepen their
knowledge of the NGSS, celebrate engineering in the classroom and support
students' potential as the next generation of engineers," said Brigid
Sullivan, WGBH's vice president of Children's Media and Educational
Programming. "This collection invites viewers not only to recognize the
products of engineering in their everyday lives – the sneakers on their feet,
the subway they ride to school or work, the door alarms that protect their
homes – but also to glimpse the future of engineering: robots that understand
social cues, improved artificial limbs for amputee athletes, or human
habitation on the moon or Mars. We are proud to work with Raytheon on this
exciting endeavor."

The robust collection features more than 40 multi-media resources drawn from
WGBH's award-winning series that include Design Squad/Design Squad Nation,
Fetch with Ruff Ruffman and Nova ScienceNow. In addition, through a special
collaboration with the Museum of Science, Boston and the Engineering is
Elementary^® curriculum it created, "Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through
Media" features professional development videos that illustrate classroom best
practices. Since January, WGBH has hosted three webinars for elementary,
middle and high school teachers that introduce the collection and offer a
closer look at the NGSS as they pertain to engineering. To increase educator
familiarity with the collection, WGBH has also drawn on the power of social
media to generate awareness among educators looking for high quality tools to
support engineering instruction.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster and the largest
producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, includingFrontline, Nova,
American Experience,Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow,Arthur, Curious
Georgeand more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children's
series, reaching nearly 75 million people each month. WGBH also is a major
supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio
International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom,
WGBH partnered with PBS to create PBS LearningMedia™, an on-demand media
service for educators and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and
services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual
impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys,
Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning 92 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
cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.comand follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

Media Contact
Raytheon Company
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