For military kids, a place to create
Raytheon, Boys & Girls Clubs open new Center of Innovation at Joint Base Andrews
If the flight simulator doesn't bring them in, maybe the robot-building will.
Children of families stationed at Joint Base Andrews now have their choice of these and other high-tech activities as Raytheon and Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrate the opening of a new Center of Innovation at the Maryland military installation, which is home to U.S. Air Force and Naval Reserve units, as well as Air Force One.
The workshop – also outfitted with a 3-D printer, high-definition teleconferencing equipment and other technology – is the sixth such center funded through Raytheon's $5 million commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. That initiative, in turn, is part of Raytheon's commitment to supporting military veterans and families through education.
“Military families make tremendous sacrifices for our country, but those sacrifices should never include their children losing out on the chance to excel at science, technology, engineering and math,” said Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy. “Through the Centers of Innovation, we are providing resources that will help military youth gain the skills they will need to be successful and make a positive impact on their community.”
The first five centers opened in 2015 at locations in the United States and one abroad:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of South County, Chula Vista, California, serving the families of Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas, Killeen, Texas, serving the families of Fort Hood
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntsville, Alabama, serving the families of Redstone Arsenal
• Harford County Boys & Girls Clubs, Aberdeen, Maryland., serving the families of the Aberdeen Proving Ground
• Ramstein Air Base Youth Programs, Germany
Raytheon’s partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America is part of its $10 million pledge to support military veterans and their families. Boys & Girls Clubs have made it part of their mission to bring continuity to children of military families, who typically relocate six to nine times before they graduate high school.
“From skilled mentors in the field to hands-on interactive programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America are committed to providing military kids and teens with the resources they need to explore the endless possibilities available to them,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Thanks to Raytheon’s support, our six new Centers of Innovation will allow our military youth to discover an array of new passions and career paths related to STEM that they can pursue to achieve their great future.”
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