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Kids Learn How Numbers Give Athletes a Leg Up

The company is teaming with Boys and Girls Clubs to showcase the math and science behind sports

Half-pipe double flips, hockey slap shots and triple axels: Raytheon is helping students understand how math and science make athletic feats like these possible at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The company is teaming with Boys and Girls Clubs to showcase the math and science behind sports, from bringing NHL staff to demonstrate their skills to pairing students with Raytheon engineers for athletics-related science projects.

"When you play a sport, you don't think about all the science involved in it," said Grace Kirrane, a middle school student and Boys and Girls Club member. "This program helps us see how science is applied outside of school."

In New England, Raytheon and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation hosted more than 150 students from New England Boys & Girls Clubs to launch its sixth annual "Science of Sports" program at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The program pairs 80 Raytheon employee mentors with middle school students to create projects that explore math and science through competitive sports.

Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster prepare for the sports science fair challenge.

Past projects have included using ramps to study the speed of a bowling ball and testing ice to determine how rink conditions affect hockey games.

The Science of Sports program culminates on June 1 with the students presenting their projects to top Raytheon and Patriots executives, as well as Patriots players. Raytheon and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation award scholarships to the top three teams.

"This is such a wonderful opportunity for our members to be a part of and something that they'll remember the rest of their lives," said Mike Goodwin, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

"Science of Hockey" with the LA Kings

In California, employee volunteers recently held the third annual "Science of Hockey" event in partnership the LA Kings at a Boys and Girls Club in San Pedro for 70 young minds.

"Nearly every element of the game of hockey involves some math or science," said Noel Ellis, lead volunteer and a Raytheon engineer. "From the science behind keeping the ice cold to the math involved in shooting, goal tending and even stick handling; math and science play a role."

LA Kings staff and Raytheon mentors showing students the mechanics of hockey.

Published: 10/22/2014

Last Updated: 06/10/2015

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