Training and knowledge are critically important in today's business environment — and for future generations preparing to enter the workforce. Each year, Raytheon invests in programs to help cultivate the knowledge and valuable science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills that can create sustainable careers for future innovators.
Engaging Tomorrow's Workforce
Technology leadership is a source of long-term security. Raytheon is pursuing a multilevel strategy to ensure that our customers, our company and new generations of professionals have the leading-edge skills they need to thrive in today's fast changing world.
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.
Raytheon believes in offering students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity for a robust education in math and science. Through MathMovesU initiatives, we work with students from elementary school through college, support educators and policymakers, and promote racial and gender equality within STEM fields.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA®
Raytheon joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a great futures partner to establish Centers of Innovation on or near U.S. military installations that serve a high concentration of military families. At the Centers of Innovation, students work with dedicated STEM staff and Raytheon mentors to develop skills and critical thinking through real-world STEM applications.
Located on or near U.S. military installations in nine U.S. cities and Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the Centers of Innovation help young people explore robotics, rocketry and 3-D printing; interact with flight simulators; learn to code; and collaborate on projects to improve their communities. 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.
Every year, nearly 100,000 middle-school students and more than 17,000 volunteers participate in MATHCOUNTS, a national competition program that promotes mathematics achievement with middle-school students across the U.S. 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, 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.
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship challenges high school students to design and build their own robots. Raytheon sponsors more than 35 national teams every year. In addition to providing mentors and volunteers, the company annually awards $40,000 in FIRST Scholarships to high school seniors and college students who participate in the competition.
TEAM AMERICA ROCKETRY CHALLENGE
The Team America Rocketry Challenge teaches students the principles of aerospace engineering through a national rocket launch competition.
Our sponsorship of 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 U.K.
With support from The Royal Aeronautical Society, Raytheon UK's Quadcopter Challenge invites high school students to build a fully functioning quadcopter and compete in a national competition.
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 show math at work in each, whether in design, application or use. MathAlive! is touring military communities the U.S. as well as countries in the Middle East.
Raytheon's ongoing partnership with Questacon, Australia's National Science and Technology Centre, supports the "Imagination Factory." This hands-on exhibition depicts how things work together in innovative ways.
THE HALL AT PATRIOT PLACE
Our sponsorship of The Hall at Patriot Place helps to provide local schools with field trips where students engage in 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 other guests each year.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CYBER DEFENSE COMPETITON
To help mentor the next generation of cyber leaders, the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition allows college students from across the United States to test their skills at protecting a network against real-world cyber threats.
In the 10 regional contests and the national competition, Raytheon provides a variety of specialized technical resources, mentors and employee volunteers to further develop students' defensive cyber skills.
In conjunction with the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, Raytheon hosts a Cyber Academy workshop at Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates to introduce students to cybersecurity skills for systems and networks.
Raytheon has developed multifaceted relationships with research universities including Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Arizona and the University of California-Los Angeles. We provide funding and technology expertise to help advance promising research, and our engineers collaborate with professors and students.
Focusing on Stem Career Path 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, Raytheon teams with the national DiscoverE® organization to host Girl Day events during National Engineers Week in February.
Women currently hold just 25 percent of STEM jobs, so Raytheon encourages its employees to volunteer in their communities to help girls see the many rewards of these careers.
In 2016, Raytheon led local high school students on a tour of its laboratories in El Segundo, California and helped them build ultrasonic range finders. College students from eight California universities were invited to witness a day in the life of a Raytheon engineer.
Valecia Maclin, a cybersecurity program director at Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business, sees these events as opportunities to dispel perceptions girls may have that engineering is all about number crunching. "I think there's a misconception that engineers sit in dark rooms and don't get much sunlight. But there's nothing further from the truth. We're still a people business. I love building relationships and working with people."
Youngsters say the events inspire them.
"As a girl, I felt like I shouldn't be interested in these things, but now I know there are many other girls like me," said Zcheeid Aguirre, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, Arizona. "It gives me confidence to step out of my comfort zone and pursue a future in STEM."
Stem Education for Graduate Students
"Kids love science when you make it exciting. I enjoy helping them relate math and science to fun physical activities and talking about what I do as an engineer at Raytheon."
As a Lawrence, Massachusetts, high school student, Ricky Rodriguez traveled to Raytheon each week to participate in Stand and Deliver, a program that helps steer more than 100 local students a year toward STEM careers. Today, he's a Raytheon systems engineer working on the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment radar program. And he's mentoring kids in his hometown as a Stand and Deliver volunteer.
"The program opened my eyes and heart to the value of mentoring and teaching," Rodriguez says. "Kids love science when you make it exciting. I enjoy helping them relate math and science to fun physical activities and talking about what I do as an engineer at Raytheon."
Before joining Raytheon, Rodriguez spent three months in the Dominican Republic teaching civil engineers how to use drones to complete land analyses and how to properly handle and use asbestos and other hazardous materials. Recently, he established a drone program at a few charter schools in his hometown. He's teaching middle and high school students how to apply math and science skills to build drones and make short films.
"I love Raytheon's diversity, the endless opportunities, and the ability to explore and apply my education and interests in STEM," Rodriguez said.