EDUCATION

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VIDEO: STUDENTS APPLY STEM SKILLS IN SEAPERCH CHALLENGE

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.

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ENGAGING TOMORROW'S WORKFORCE

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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.

 
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SOLAR TEAM SEES THE LIGHT

Raytheon engineers are passionate about STEM education — and the lasting impact it can have on individuals, Raytheon and society at large.

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MathMovesU® for Math and Science Skills

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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

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America Summer Bash
Centers of Innovation connect thousands of teens with STEM programming.

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

Julie Teer

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.

STEM Center of Innovation for Military Youth

FOUR NEW STEM CENTERS OF INNOVATION SERVE MILITARY KIDS AND TEENS

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RAYTHEON MENTORS INSPIRE YOUTH

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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

VIDEO: GIRLS SCOUTS LEARN TO SOLVE PROBLEMS

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.

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GIRL SCOUTS LEARN TO THINK LIKE PROGRAMMERS

Computer science skills anchor a broad range of careers — from financial services and healthcare to business, education and security.

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We want to inspire more middle and high school girls to pursue the exciting careers of the future economy, especially in engineering, cybersecurity, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Thomas A. KennedyChairman and CEO

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MATHCOUNTS® Encourages Problem-Solving

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TEEN MATHLETE® REPEATS AS MATHCOUNTS® NATIONAL CHAMPION

For the past decade, Raytheon has been the title sponsor of MATHCOUNTS, a national competition program that promotes math achievement and gives middle school students a forum to display their math and problem-solving skills. In 2018, the program attracted more than 150,000 middle school students and more than 17,000 volunteers. Students represented 8,000 schools in 50 states, Washington, D.C., U.S. territories and schools serving the Defense and State Departments; and 244 competitors traveled to Washington, D.C., for the finals. The national competition features a written round and a "Countdown Round," a game-show format where the top 12 students compete head-to-head. Luke Robitaille, a 14-year-old homeschooled eighth-grader from Euless, Texas, won the 2018 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Championship for an unprecedented second consecutive year. He received the $20,000 Donald G. Weinert College Scholarship and a trip to U.S. Space Camp.

Raytheon has renewed its commitment to MATHCOUNTS through 2025, helping middle school students become creative problem solvers and develop the skills they need to become the math and science leaders of the future.

 

FIRST® Robotics Teaches Vital STEM Skills

VIDEO: SPEED MENTORING HELPS GIRLS LEARN ROBOTICS

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology by challenging high school students to design and build their own robots. Raytheon sponsored nearly 70 teams for the 2018 competition. In addition to providing mentors and volunteers, we annually award $1,000 FIRST Scholarships to 40 high school seniors and college students who participate in the competition and pursue undergraduate education as STEM majors.

At the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics competition, hundreds of students from across Southern California traveled to Pomona to compete head-to-head with robots they designed and built over a six-week period. Teams competed in 2.5-minute rounds, where their robots picked up and moved "power cubes" to earn points.

Employee volunteers spend thousands of hours coaching robotics team members and providing mentorship to students looking to make their mark in science, technology, engineering and math. During a break in the action, 100 of the young women behind the robots met with nine Raytheon women engineers at a speed-mentoring event in the conference center next door. Their mission? Share important lessons about making it in a field where women are often underrepresented. Angela Juranek, a Raytheon Space Systems program manager, counseled students to play to their strengths — and use opportunities in the workplace to find what these strengths are.

 

Quadcopter Challenge Inspires Creativity

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UK students test quacopter

Raytheon UK's Quadcopter Challenge invites high school students aged 14 and 15 to build a fully functioning quadcopter and compete in a national competition. Teams are encouraged to be creative and explore how their quadcopters are affected by changes to aerodynamics or a shift in gravity.

Finalists also give a 10-minute presentation to explain their design process and how they managed their project — an experience that enables them to practice every aspect of engineering, from initial sketches to the big sales pitch. The Kingdown School in Warminster took home the top honors with their "emergency services" themed quadcopter. Teams were judged on design, flying ability and presentation.

To meet growing demand, in 2018 we expanded this program to 86 teams from 30 schools competing in seven regional heats. Over 700 students, including Girl Guides, Scouts and Air Cadets, completed in a preliminary round — more than twice the number who participated in 2017. Over 60 STEM ambassadors from Raytheon UK were involved in the 2018 Quadcopter Challenge, either visiting schools or coordinating the competition itself. They provided more than 2,500 hours of hands-on instruction and mentoring.

MathAlive! Reveals Math at Work

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MathAlive! traveling exhibit

Since 2012, Raytheon has sponsored MathAlive!, our traveling museum exhibition that reveals math at work in the world around us — and its endless possibilities. The exhibit tours military communities in the U.S. and countries in the Middle East, inspiring young students through interactive and immersive experiences. Students learn the real math behind video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics and more. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition includes nearly 40 unique experiences that apply math to the worlds of design, engineering, technology and science. In 2018, students learned how angles affect snowboarding, how to design a custom video game and how to capture 360-degree selfies; the program visited seven science centers and museums in American and international cities and reached an estimated 207,000 visitors.

In 2018, we added two new interactive experiences to MathAlive! In "Extreme Weather Alert," visitors can analyze weather data, record their own weather telecast and send it to themselves. "Cyber Security" lets visitors step inside an online computer game, where they are challenged to defend against invaders — like computer bugs and viruses — using computer passcodes, multifactor authentication and simple code sequences. We also brought MathAlive! to Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre.

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Copernicus Science Centre Hosts Learning Labs

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Hands-on experiments in the FabLab and Robotics Lab

In places like Poland we're positioning STEM at the forefront of economic change. For example, in 2018 we agreed to a new three-year contract to co-finance the FabLab and Robotics Lab at the Copernicus Science Centre, Poland's largest science museum. These learning labs allow children, adolescents and educators to learn by designing and making their own constructs and models. FabLab carries out workshops in accordance with constructionist pedagogy, which emphasizes creative thinking, practical abilities, problem-solving and the ability to research for relevant data and information. Raytheon is also an active partner for the Robotics Lab, where children learn to test the functions and applications of robots and to program them. Programs like this stimulate interest in STEM education and careers.

Hour of Code Teaches Language of Programming

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Students learn computer coding

To meet their future goals, younger generations must understand the evolving technical environment that surrounds them. That includes learning the language of coding and being able to write computer code. Raytheon is helping young people cultivate these essential skills by sponsoring events like Hour of Code, a global movement in more than 180 countries that invites students and teachers to spend one hour of their time learning how to code. Programs like this show students they have a place in the tech field and support their journeys to become the great engineers of tomorrow. In 2018, Raytheon helped bring Hour of Code to Romania.

Questacon® Hosts Engineering is Elementary

In 2018, Raytheon continued its 11-year partnership with Questacon, Australia's National Science and Technology Centre. Together, we are delivering interactive experiences that build interest in STEM for Australian primary and secondary school students. This year, selected schools across South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory participated in the Engineering is Elementary® program, which was adapted from Boston's Museum of Science. The Australian trial program provides primary school teachers with a framework to deliver content aligned with the Australian Curriculum. It engages students in hands-on problem-solving through engineering solutions, with the objective of increasing students' awareness of, and interest in, STEM subjects. In 2018, we also brought our MathAlive! program to Questacon for the first time.

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National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Builds Cyber Workforce

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University of Virginia wins NCCDC

Nations around the world depend on new generations of cyber leaders to keep networks running and protect data and intellectual capital. The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), presented by Raytheon, brings together college students from across the United States to test their skills in protecting an existing network infrastructure against real-world cyber threats.

The competition challenges teams of college students to operate and manage a network infrastructure similar to those run by commercial businesses. The teams are scored based on their ability to minimize system infiltration, keep critical services in operation and prevent leaks of sensitive data. Raytheon provides a variety of specialized technical resources, mentors and employee volunteers.

In 2018, students representing more than 235 colleges and universities competed at regional contests nationwide to test their cybersecurity prowess. Following the single-round elimination, 10 finalists advanced to the 2018 NCCDC championships in Orlando, Florida, on April 13–15. Ten blue teams of students, each from a different college, played defense against red teams of ethical attackers consisting of Raytheon and industry cyber architects. At the end, the University of Virginia blue team prevailed by holding off and neutralizing attacks faster than the other finalists to win the championship. Raytheon brought the winning University of Virginia team to Washington, D.C., to tour some of the nation's top research and cybersecurity sites. They visited the state-of-the-art cyber test range at Raytheon's CODE Center and had their coding skills put to the test during a cyber escape room challenge.

Cyber Academy Builds Cybersecurity Skills

VIDEO: RAYTHEON CYBER ACADEMY PROVIDES HANDS-ON TRAINING

Raytheon is helping to address today's growing worldwide cyber talent gap through its cybersecurity skills-building workshops. The educational workshops give students hands-on experience with cybersecurity techniques and methods to identify and address network vulnerabilities. In 2018, 42 students at the University of Gloucestershire and 23 students at Lancaster University attended two three-day Cyber Academy workshops hosted by Raytheon in England. In conjunction with the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, Raytheon also hosted five-day Cyber Academy workshops at University of Gloucestershire; Lancaster University; Kuwait University in Kuwait City, Kuwait; and Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates. The workshops introduced 18 students to cybersecurity skills.

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TEAM AMERICA ROCKETRY CHALLENGE SHOWCASES FUTURE ENGINEERS

Each year Raytheon sponsors the Team America Rocketry Challenge — a national rocket launch competition fielded by the Aerospace Industries Association

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