Over the last decade, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math have grown at three times the rate of other jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. To inspire and equip students to succeed in these STEM positions worldwide, we provide strong support at all levels of education. Our goal: to build the next generation workforce.
Engaging students with MathMovesU
Mentoring and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers is the central mission of our MathMovesU® program. We believe it's our responsibility to help students from all backgrounds gain opportunities for robust education in math and science. Through MathMovesU initiatives, we engage with students from elementary school through college, support educators and policymakers, and promote racial and gender equality within STEM fields.
Focusing on STEM career paths for girls
At Raytheon, we believe that the best ideas come from diverse teams of people from different backgrounds and perspectives. That's why we're sharpening our focus on STEM career paths for girls to help build and prepare the next generation.
Each year, we organize Girl Day events nationwide as part of DiscoverE's® National Engineers Week. We're helped by Raytheon employee volunteers who believe inspiring girls to pursue STEM will have a long-term impact on individual and collective success. We're pleased to have won the Women in Engineering Proactive Network’s DiscoverE award for our Girl Day efforts.
Bring math to life
Our traveling museum exhibition MathAlive! is designed to inspire, to spark the imagination, to reveal not only math at work, but the endless possibilities of math. Since the launch in 2012, the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most — video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more — and creates interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or use. MathAlive! is touring military communities the United States as well as countries in the Middle East.
Every year, nearly 6,000 schools and more than 17,000 volunteers participate in MATHCOUNTS, a national competition program that promotes mathematics achievement with middle school students across the United States. The program culminates in the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, which brings together 224 middle school mathletes from all 50 states, D.C., U.S. territories and schools from the Departments of Defense and State.
In addition to serving as the title sponsor of the MATHCOUNTS National Competition (through 2018), we are a supportive partner of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps U.S. middle-school students excel in math. We provide financial contributions to help middle school students become creative problem solvers and develop the skills needed to become the math and science leaders of the future.
Supporting Military Families
We want to ensure military children grow up with the social, emotional and educational support they need — no matter where they go. Together with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we have opened 'Centers of Innovation' at clubs and affiliated youth centers that serve military families. This is part of our $5 million, multi-year commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and an overall $10 million pledge to support military veterans and their families.
Located near U.S. military installations in five U.S. cities and Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the Centers of Innovation provide access to technology and adult mentors — including Raytheon employees. Young people can create objects with 3D printers, reach out to friends and family through video conferencing, learn how to run a business, and collaborate on projects to improve their communities.
Measuring STEM Success
We've partnered with U.S. News & World Report® in developing the first-ever index to track eight key indicators of STEM activity in the United States. The index shows that high school student aptitude for and interest in STEM professions have not kept pace with demand. What's more, gender and ethnic gaps remain wide among students interested in STEM.
Injaz® Saudi Arabia
With nearly 50 years of uninterrupted presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Raytheon has proudly joined INJAZ Saudi Arabia, a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, in announcing The Little Engineer Program’s debut in Saudi classrooms.
The program is designed to inspire student interest in science and math education, and to consider studying engineering, which will lead to their active role in supporting the Kingdom's innovation economy development plans.
Hall at Patriot Place
Our sponsorship of the Hall at Patriot Place helps to provide local schools with field trips to the Hall where students engage with hands on STEM activities. The Hall at Patriot Place promotes math and science through games and exhibits that highlight the math and science behind the game of football. These innovative attractions inspire and entertain thousands of school children and countless more guests each year.
ROCKETRY AND ROBOTICS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS
Our sponsorship of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) gives students in grades 7-12, the opportunity to showcase their engineering know-how on the national and global field. Each year, we send the winning national team to the international aerospace and defense air show in Paris or London to compete against teams from France and the United Kingdom.
Also a high school competition, our sponsorship of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics program includes financial and volunteer support for individual teams as well as college scholarships for alumni.
Corporate Responsibility Report
Our report looks at our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance and reduce our footprint on the planet.