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 STEM skills that can create sustainable careers for future innovators.
We’ve defined STEM education and supporting military families and veterans as key strategic business concerns and are investing in organizations and initiatives where we can help build scale and achieve well-defined outcomes. For example, attracting more women to careers in computer science and cybersecurity is vital to the future of our business, and Raytheon has established attracting and retaining STEM-educated women as a strategic priority. We believe the investments we’re making with Girl Scouts of the USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and other organizations will advance this agenda.
As Raytheon’s international customer base expands, we’re working to help develop local workforces to support knowledge-based economies and an expanding global supply chain. Raytheon is committed to in-country knowledge exchange and community support to help develop innovators of the future in cyber and national defense. In the U.K., Raytheon was the main sponsor of the 2018 Royal Air Force (RAF) Engineering Competition. As part of the RAF’s centennial celebration, we created a forum for youth teams and RAF Regular and Reserve service personnel to present new ideas to benefit the Force over the next 100 years. Raytheon awarded the winning team a virtual reality simulator that can link multiple simulators over a secure network, emulate air traffic control and recognize voice communications.
ENGAGING TOMORROW'S WORKFORCE
RAYTHEON, MIT SPONSOR SUMMER CAMP FOR ELITE STEM STUDENTS
At Raytheon, technology leadership is a competitive advantage — and the key to our future. We study the leading-edge skills new generations will need to thrive at Raytheon and in our fast-changing world. These insights ensure that our customers, our company and new generations of professionals remain at the forefront of technology.
For example, in 2018 Raytheon sponsored the Beaver Works Summer Institute, an immersive STEM camp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The mission of their Unmanned Air System — Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAS– SAR) course: build an unmanned airborne system with a synthetic aperture radar in four weeks. Before arriving at Beaver Works, the students took an MIT online course to learn the fundamentals of UAS flight and radar. In the actual UAS–SAR course, one of eight offered at Beaver Works, they worked alongside mentors in small teams, building a radar that produced data and images of different objects from around campus. Raytheon is establishing a pair of high school internships this summer at Raytheon BBN Technologies, where interns will work on futuristic technologies with some of the world’s brightest scientists and technologists. In exchange, Raytheon can gain valuable insights into what qualities and work experiences these highly recruited students will value in future employers.
Raytheon is also sponsoring the Academies of Loudoun’s Cyber Labs, a leading STEM high school. Students will graduate with cyber certificates from the State of Virginia that help them immediately qualify for jobs in the cyber market.
Over the last decade, programs like these have helped motivate thousands of people to pursue STEM-related careers.
MathMovesU® for Math and Science Skills
RAYTHEON TAKES MATHMOVESU DAY INTERNATIONAL
Raytheon believes that hands-on, interactive learning effectively motivates middle school children from diverse backgrounds to develop the math and science skills they need to pursue STEM-related careers. Our widespread MathMovesU® initiatives provide strong support at all levels of education to give students the inspiration and skills to succeed in these challenging and demanding positions.
For the past 13 years we’ve worked with students from elementary school through college, provided support to educators and policymakers and promoted racial and gender equality within STEM fields.
In 2018, Raytheon took MathMovesU Day, our signature STEM-for-students event, international. In Midland, Ontario, 50 high school students assembled and tested small telescopes called Galileoscopes. Students learned how the Earth fits into the galaxy and why stars change year over year. They also experienced how hard work, dedication and a STEM degree can change their world and the world around them.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America® Offers STEM Education
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s network of 4,300 established Clubs gives it a strong and influential platform to serve diverse youth across America and on overseas military bases. Since 2014, its partnership with Raytheon has also enhanced its ability to engage with more young people by offering after-school programs focused on STEM education.
In 2016, Boys & Girls Clubs of America initiated a thought leadership forum that convened public and private leaders to create a road map for reaching the high percentage of military youth who live off of military bases. The organization’s “Better Together: Military Public-Private Partnership” program launched with a mission to identify “STEM- ready” military youth who are interested in pursuing post-secondary STEM-related careers. With Raytheon’s support, Boys & Girls Clubs of America committed to establishing dedicated STEM learning spaces in all of its Clubs, including training 54,000 youth development professionals to implement a research-based STEM curriculum. In addition, in the past year Raytheon employees were among the 145 professional volunteers who added value to programming through instruction, events, experiments and software.
As part of this program, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has also teamed with the PEAR Institute at Harvard University to build the world’s largest privately held database measuring youth readiness for STEM careers. The National Youth Outcomes Initiative will report on STEM interest among youth and the efficacy of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s STEM programming and readiness to pursue STEM careers. Preliminary results from 2016 found that 57 percent of male and 50 percent of female participants (compared with 44 percent and 16 percent respectively of their peers nationally) expressed interest in STEM careers.
Raytheon is supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America through a $5 million, multiyear commitment to evolve its national STEM programming, part of an overall $10 million pledge to support military families and veterans. We’re building a network of STEM Centers of Innovation on or near U.S. military installations that serve a high concentration of military youth.
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. Each year the Centers connect thousands of teens from military families with interactive modules, hands-on STEM activities and technologies that include 3D printers, robotics and high-definition video production and conferencing equipment. Students also meet new friends, develop hobbies and feel more continuity in their lives.
STEM education is a significant draw in terms of retaining and recruiting Boys & Girls Club teen members.
Julie Teer Chief Development and
Public Affairs Officer Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs’ STEM curriculum delivers carefully designed, selected and operated programs that have been tested for quality, relevance and efficacy in its 14 state-of-the-art STEM Centers of Innovation. Individual models are tailored for each community and key learnings are shared across the network. To date, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has established STEM programming in 2,802 Clubs serving more than 365,000 youth. By 2020, it plans to expand this program to operate 22 STEM Centers of Innovation and to offer STEM education in all of its Clubs.
In 2019, Raytheon will fund and open four more centers — at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California; Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Langley Air Force Base, Virginia — bringing our total number of funded programs in U.S. cities to 17, plus Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Raytheon also endorses Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s commitment to serve diverse populations. In addition to focusing on military youth, Boys & Girls Clubs is also the largest provider of services to Native American youth living on native land. By extending STEM education to these young people, Boys & Girls Clubs is curating spaces for them to create, collaborate and invent.
"STEM education is a significant draw in terms of retaining and recruiting Boys & Girls Club teen members," says Julie Teer, chief development and public affairs officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Since launching the STEM strategy three years ago, we’ve delivered STEM programming to nearly a million youth. With Raytheon’s support our goal is to continue to grow that number, even tripling it over the course of our 2025 strategy implementation."
Another part of this initiative includes changing the public narrative by undoing myths around girls’ disinterest in STEM and instead highlighting girls’ desire and potential to play a crucial role in filling the STEM gender gap.
FOUR NEW STEM CENTERS OF INNOVATION SERVE MILITARY KIDS AND TEENS
RAYTHEON MENTORS INSPIRE YOUTH
Raytheon and Girl Scouts Open STEM Career Paths for Girls
My favorite part of the program was the algorithms. I loved how we had to figure out and try again. I think it is important to figure out things on your own and fix your mistakes.
2018 Girl Scouts Think Like A Programmer Journey Participant
At Raytheon, we believe that the best ideas come from diverse teams of people with different backgrounds and points of view. We're working to attract more women to STEM fields, including careers in cybersecurity, by supporting national organizations and encouraging Raytheon volunteers to show girls in their communities the many rewards these careers offer.
Coding is becoming an essential skill for next-generation STEM professionals, especially as more of what we use at home and work connects to the internet. In 2017, Raytheon became the inaugural sponsor of Girl Scouts of the USA's first-of-its-kind nationwide computer science program and Cyber Challenge for Girl Scouts in grades 6–12. Raytheon is sponsoring the "Think Like a Programmer" Journey, where Girl Scouts complete hands-on activities and use their newly honed skills to take action on a problem in their community, to encourage as many as half a million girls to pursue careers in computer sciences such as cybersecurity, robotics, data science and artificial intelligence. The program helps girls understand how to break big problems down into smaller ones and spot patterns and connections like computer engineers do.
In 2018, Raytheon's sponsorship enabled Girl Scouts of the USA to pilot the program with five councils and engage more than 400 middle and high school girls. The pilot helped girls build collaborative thinking and leadership skills as well as cyber knowledge. Quantitative measurements taken by Girl Scouts of the USA revealed that 78 percent of participants learned more about what computer scientists do, and 93 percent learned to identify what an algorithm is.
With as many as 1.8 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2022, there is another strong mission in play: to help feed the talent pipeline and encourage the next generation of female cyberdefenders. Beyond the Cyber Challenge with Girl Scouts of the USA, we award women's scholarships for participants in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and another women's aviation scholarship that provides training for careers in air traffic management.