Last Updated: 02/18/2013*

Is there something you use at school — in the classroom, on the field, in your science lab, on the playground or anywhere on school grounds — that isn't designed as well as it could be?

Maybe your pencil sharpener is missing the point. Or that Bunsen burner has flamed out one too many times. Perhaps those monkey bars are driving you bananas. Or maybe the long lunch lines in your cafeteria are ruining your appetite. Pick any aspect of your school life (big or small) and describe how it could be redesigned for a better school experience.

You’re the head engineer on this project, and the only limit is your imagination. Submit your entry – as a photo essay, video or detailed drawing – via the MathMovesU Facebook page.

Teachers and their students may submit multiple entries from February 18 through April 19. First, second and third-place winners will receive $2,000, $1,000 and $500 classroom grants for their schools, respectively.

Launching during National Engineers Week, Raytheon’s classroom contest is one of three grant programs currently open to parents, teachers and students. Raytheon is also currently accepting nominations and applications for MathMovesU K-12 awards aimed at supporting teachers’ work in the classroom, including:

Middle School and High School Teachers:
Nominations are open to recognize inspirational math teachers and coaches for their dedication to improving math education through a MathMovesU Math Hero Award.

MathMovesU will honor 32 math professionals with awards of $2,500 each, along with a matching grant of $2,500 to each of their schools. The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2013.

Elementary School Teachers:
The 2013 application cycle is open for the Raytheon-Engineering is Elementary® Teacher Scholarship Program. The program will give awards of $3,000 to elementary school teachers whose applications best demonstrate innovative methods of generating student enthusiasm for engineering concepts. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013.

Engineering is Elementary is a professional development program offered through the Museum of Science, Boston. The program’s teacher training workshops and curriculum resources have reached more than 44,000 teachers and 3.9 million students.

For more information about Raytheon’s flagship STEM program, MathMovesU, please visit www.mathmovesu.com or www.facebook.com/MathMovesU.

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