Last Updated: 05/08/2012*

The “Las Ultimate Twirlers” from the Lawrence, Mass., Boys & Girls Club won this year’s “Science of Sports” Science Fair competition presented by Raytheon Company and the New England Patriots.

More than 115 children from New England Boys & Girls Clubs worked with Raytheon mentors for the past four months to prepare for the exciting competition held Sunday, May 6, at Gillette Stadium.

Twenty-three teams hailing from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island presented their projects to a panel of 11 technical judges from Raytheon. The top 6 teams advanced to a second round, which was judged by Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson, The Kraft Group Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, and Patriots’ Running Back Danny Woodhead. The projects were judged on the basis of creativity and innovation; scientific approach and demonstrated knowledge; presentation and display; and teamwork and team spirit. Teams that did not advance to the second round competed in a challenge activity in which the winning team was awarded a trip to the Patriots’ training camp this summer.

15 Students Win Scholarships

The winning project tested how body positioning affects the speed of rotation when performing a “giant” around the high bar in gymnastics. Each member of the winning team will receive a $1,000 scholarship provided by Raytheon and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. Second place went to the “Woodheads” from the Leominster, Mass., club; each member of that team will receive a $750 scholarship. The “Helmet Testers” from the Newport, R.I., club earned third place, and each member will receive a $500 scholarship.

Investing in Future Generations

“Science of Sports” Science Fair has its roots in Raytheon’s signature MathMovesU® program, an innovative initiative designed to engage students in math and science by helping them make exciting connections between math and their interests , highlighting math-based career possibilities. The science fair program expands the partnership between Raytheon and the New England Patriots, who opened The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon in September 2008. Raytheon supports The Hall’s education program, which benefits visiting school groups, and sponsors the “In the Numbers” exhibit at The Hall, an interactive trivia game that connects math and science with the fundamentals of football to engage students.

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