Last Updated: 09/12/2012*
Raytheon is rocketing into the school year with games, a poll and thousands of dollars in classroom grants as part of its Mission to Mars campaign aimed at inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Celebrating the recent Mars rover landing, the campaign encourages teachers to drive STEM curiosity in, and beyond, the classroom through interactive games, polls and contests via Raytheon’s MathMovesU Facebook page.
“Mission to Mars is an opportunity to support teachers with innovative approaches that show students how math and science can lead them to amazing discoveries today and tomorrow – perhaps as exciting as unraveling the mysteries of the Red Planet itself,” said Pamela Erickson, Raytheon vice president of Community Relations.
The Mission to Mars campaign elements include:
- “Clear 4 Takeoff!” Facebook game: Raytheon gives students a chance to put themselves in the driver’s seat of a rover launching on a mission to Mars. Students must clear the “space junk” – man-made debris in space – before launching their rovers for the Red Planet. The game teaches students about the threat of space debris and how it affects military, commercial and civil space systems.
- Driving Curiosity in the Classroom: Raytheon offers teachers the opportunity to receive a Mars Hero grant – an extension of the company’s Math Heroes Awards – of up to $5,000. Their challenge is to create a 60-second video lesson to demonstrate a scientific principle behind space exploration – using an apple. Submissions must be received by Friday, Sept. 28, at noon ET. Ten semifinalists will be selected based on the creativity and effectiveness of the lessons. The semifinalists’ videos will be shared on Raytheon’s MathMovesU Facebook page, where fans will vote for their favorite. First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 grants, respectively. Grant recipients will be announced Monday, Oct. 15. For more information about the contest, as well as rules and regulations, visit the MathMovesU Facebook page.
- Interactive back-to-school opinion poll: Posted daily on MathMovesU Facebook, Raytheon’s back-to-school opinion poll asks students about their perspectives on returning to the classroom, posing questions such as, “Which subjects get you most excited?” and “Which subject is the most difficult for you?”
To experience all Mission to Mars activities, visit the MathMovesU Facebook page.
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