Explaining Physics, Teaching Math, Feeding the Hungry: Raytheon Kicks Off Week of Service
Raising money for food banks. Explaining science to middle-schoolers. Tutoring kids in math. When it comes to making a difference in communities, nobody works harder than Raytheon.
This week the company marks its Week of Service, a seven-day celebration of the ways Raytheon and its 68,000 workers serve communities around the world. Raytheon employees have given nearly 400,000 hours of their time in support of such causes over the last two years.
On Sunday Raytheon and the New England Patriots kicked off the week with the fifth annual Science of Sports Science Fair at Gillette Stadium. Organizers teamed about 70 Raytheon employees with 125 students from Boys & Girls Clubs to produce science projects for the fair.
The Raytheon volunteers met with students on a weekly basis over five months. Each of the 24 teams presented their projects to a panel of Raytheon judges.
The top teams presented to the final judging panel: William H. Swanson, Raytheon Chairman and CEO; Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Chairman and CEO; and Nate Solder, left tackle for the Patriots.
"It's always good to give back to the community," said Jennifer Suarez, a Raytheon mentor for the 2013 Science Fair. "It's great to work with these students and to watch their enthusiasm toward math and science blossom over the course of the program."
"Swing Masters" from the Greater Nashua Boys and Girls Club in Nashua, N.H. took home the grand prize at this year's science fair with their project on how to find the best golf swing. Improving shot performance in basketball netted "Catapult Court CEOs" from the Hudson Boys & Girls Club in Hudson, Mass., second place.
"GPA +1" from the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club in Lawrence, Mass rounded out the top three with their project on how hard a player must slide the stone in order to the knock the opponent's stone out of the target in the game of curling.
Walk for Hunger
As the science fair volunteers operated catapults and electrical instruments at Gillette stadium, more than 150 other employees hit the road in nearby Boston to support Project Bread's The Walk for Hunger.
Raytheon has been a part of this annual walkathon for 31 of its 45 years, making the company the longest-running sponsor.
"I'm honored to be a part of The Walk for Hunger, and I'm passionate about what we can do when we work together," Raytheon employee Paul Reese said of his volunteer experience.
One Raytheon employee, Edward Sampson, has participated in the walk 22 times.
"Every mile logged sets a good example on addressing social injustices for younger generations," Sampson said. "Most importantly though, it raises money to feed hungry people. What more could you ask for?"
Raytheon volunteers are expected to raise more than $80,000 for the walk this year, thanks in part to a corporate grant.
Math Nights in Tucson
The volunteering spirit of employees extends to Tucson, Ariz., home of Raytheon's Missile Systems business. There engineers are paired with middle and high school students in monthly math tutoring sessions.
Volunteers try to inspire the students to pursue careers in science, technology, math and science – or STEM, said employee Laura McGill.
"The high-tech industry, including Raytheon, is challenged to staff the future with the best and brightest," McGill said. "We view it as our corporate responsibility to develop a quality STEM workforce for the future."
The engineers help students see the practical applications of the concepts they learn in class, said Principal Roxana Rico of Tucson's Challenger Middle School.
"It's more motivating for students to see concepts in a different light," Rico said.
Rockets, Equations and more
Across the country, Raytheon employees are gearing up for even more events: from a MathMovesU education event at Fort Sill, Okla. to the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C. The company is also sponsoring the Team America Rocketry Challenge in The Plains, Va.
"It's important to cultivate the next generation of STEM professionals," said Raytheon volunteer Carrie Brown. "If I had someone to look up to when I was younger who made math and science fun, I would have latched onto STEM at a much younger age."
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Last Updated: 02/27/2015