Last Updated: 05/07/2013*

In order to build the next pipeline of technologists and innovators to ensure a competitive U.S. workforce and future economic growth, students must be shown the relevance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in their everyday lives and future careers.

In observance of Mathematics Awareness Month – which was created to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics – Raytheon is highlighting the importance of math to the 21st century workforce.

As part of the company’s MathMovesU® initiative — which aims to inspire an interest in STEM education with students — Raytheon is extending its title sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition through 2018, launching a new video series designed to engage middle school students in math challenges, and releasing an infographic to raise awareness of the importance of math to our nation.

Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition:

The company has extended its title sponsorship of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition through 2018. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools. Raytheon's support will help the organization meet its mission of providing fun and challenging math programs for U.S. middle school students to increase their academic and professional opportunities.

INFOGRAPHIC: The 21st Century Workforce: Skills Gap and the STEM Dilemma

The 21st Century Workforce: Skills Gap and the STEM Dilemma,” outlines the current lack of qualified workers and the pressing need to engage students with STEM education. Raytheon believes that in order to build the next pipeline of technologists and innovators to ensure a competitive U.S. workforce and future economic growth, students must be shown the relevance of STEM in their everyday lives and future careers.

VIDEO SERIES: “Math Mysteries”:

Now playing – a new video series that explores "Math Mysteries" using a high-energy game show format to engage middle school students in math challenges.

Throughout the month of April Raytheon is engaging MathMovesU’s community of educators, parents, non-profit partners, policy-makers and students to explore the different efforts underway to improve STEM education and inspire the next generation of innovators. Join the conversation with MathMovesU on Twitter or on Facebook.

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