Supporting STEM education in Australia
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Education
With more than half of Raytheon’s local Australian workforce of 1,500 comprising engineers and technicians, the company has led a number of transformational STEM initiatives over the past two decades.
As a national employer of highly-skilled engineers, Raytheon Australia understands the important responsibility to shepherd the next generation of engineers on their path to a fulfilling and useful career in a STEM-related field. That is why the company is helping to foster the next generation to study STEM related disciplines and pursue STEM careers—creating a pipeline of future engineers for Raytheon Australia and other companies to draw from.
For more than 20 years, Raytheon Australia has invested in initiatives that help encourage and develop valuable STEM skills that can create sustainable careers for future innovators.
Spanning over a decade, Raytheon partnered with Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. Throughout that time, Raytheon and Questacon created world-leading experiences to drive a passion for STEM in Australian students. These included:
- Imagination Factory – a travelling exhibition that told the story of systems integration to 600,000 visitors in locations across Australia.
- Mission Astronautica – a school-based space-oriented program conducted with NASA astronauts.
- The launch of the Schmidt digital broadcast studio at Questacon, which brought interactive science workshops into schools through video conferencing.
- The pilot program of Engineering is Elementary based on a similar program at the Museum of Science, Boston, to introduce young people to engineering concepts.
Raytheon also brought the international travelling exhibition, MathsAlive! to Australia to show students the many real-life applications of their maths studies.
As a trusted partner to the Australian Defence Force, Raytheon Australia is committed to investing in our nation’s future aerospace leaders. Recently, that commitment was demonstrated through the company’s support for the Australian Youth Aerospace Association and their annual forum, providing students in Year 11 and 12, the opportunity to investigate careers and pathways in the aerospace industry.
With a dedication to encourage the next generation of STEM professionals, Raytheon Australia partners with schools and other STEM-related partners to provide scholarships to those who show drive, initiative and interest in STEM disciplines. This includes the “Innovation in STEM” scholarship, which is awarded to a student in Years 8 to 10 from Playford International College in Adelaide, South Australia. These scholarships reaffirm the value next-generation scientists and engineers will play in sustaining industry and national security.