Bringing maths to life
Raytheon's new MathsAlive! exhibition debuts in Canberra
Raytheon’s global, interactive traveling exhibition MathsAlive! has opened in Canberra with dozens of displays – including two new activities – all focused on science, technology, engineering, and maths; the subjects known as STEM.
From the United States to the Middle East, MathsAlive! has already inspired hundreds of thousands of students across five countries, encouraging young people to pursue a career in STEM by connecting to them through things they love, like music, sports, movies, and games.
“Raytheon Australia is inspiring the next generation of Australian engineers by supporting students through every step in their journey toward a STEM career – from primary school interaction and secondary school scholarships to university engagement – all the way through to employment,” said Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward.
Australia’s Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Honourable David Fawcett acknowledged Raytheon’s investment in the next generation of STEM leaders.
“I welcome the ongoing commitment by Raytheon to engage young Australians by helping them visualise what a career in science or engineering might look like,” Fawcett said. "The Coalition Government’s $200 billion investment in new defence capability and the commitment to create a sustainable sovereign defence industry will require more young Australians to choose subjects and learning pathways that build on STEM and prepare them for careers in this high-tech, national endeavor."
For almost two decades, Raytheon has invested in initiatives that support the development of Australia’s STEM programs, including an eleven-year partnership with Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre.
From introducing an innovative digital broadcast studio in Canberra to implementing a primary school, space-oriented program with NASA astronauts, Raytheon Australia and Questacon have partnered to create world-leading experiences that drive a passion in Australian students to pursue meaningful STEM careers.
Most recently, this partnership saw the successful pilot launch of the Australian Engineering is Elementary program, which provided teachers with a framework to deliver content aligned with the Australian Curriculum using hands-on problem solving through engineering.
“Raytheon Australia has a critical role to ensure there is a healthy pipeline of skilled future leaders who will one day join the 25,000 Australians who make up the workforce behind the Defence Force," Raytheon's Ward said. "With more than 1,400 employees across the country, it is our duty to ensure that we cultivate this sovereign defence industry well into the future.”