Mathletes® gear up for the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition
National title at stake as nation's brightest middle school math students come
together in Orlando for thrilling Countdown Round
WALTHAM, Mass., May 1, 2014
WALTHAM, Mass., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The nation's best and brightest
middle school math students, better known as Mathletes^®, will come together
in Orlando, Fla., May 8-11 to compete for the titles of National Champion and
top team in the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS^® National Competition. Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN) is title sponsor of the competition through 2018, as a
core component of the company's MathMovesU^® program, an initiative designed
to inspire the next generation of technologists and innovators.
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 competitions involving some 100,000 students from more than
5,000 schools at the local and state levels to earn the right to compete in
"The Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition brings together some of our
nation's brightest young mathematicians," said Lou DiGioia, executive director
of MATHCOUNTS. "Through our partnership with Raytheon, we can continue to
offer fun and challenging programs to students across the country so that all
children have access to future opportunities in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics."
ESPN3 will webcast live coverage of the Countdown Round, the finale of the
Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition on Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m. EDT.
ESPN3.com is the same network that carries the early rounds of the Scripps
National Spelling Bee.
Also to be determined will be the winner of the 2014 Math Video Challenge, a
program in which teams of middle school students create original videos that
demonstrate the real-world application of a math concept as described in the
MATHCOUNTS School Handbook. An online voting process that garnered more than
70,000 votes selected four finalist teams; each will present its video on
Saturday, May 10. The winning video will be selected by the 224 Mathletes at
the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition.
In addition to incredible bragging rights, the winners of the 2014 Raytheon
MATHCOUNTS National Competition will receive substantial prizes: the National
Champion will receive the $20,000 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, will also receive college
scholarships. Math Video Challenge finalists have already receives an
all-expense paid trip to the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition,
and each member of the winning team will be awarded a $1,000 college
To spread the spirit of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, the
company is introducing the world to the Mathletes on Twitter with the hashtag
MATHCOUNTS is a nonprofit organization that strives to engage middle school
students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs,
in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. Middle
school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for
mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome.
For more than 30 years MATHCOUNTS has provided free, high-quality resources to
educators and enriching, extracurricular opportunities to students to lay a
foundation for future success. Materials and information are available at
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 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.
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