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 important to the future of our business, and we believe the investments we’re making with Girl Scouts of the USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 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 places like Poland and Saudi Arabia, we’re positioning STEM at the forefront of economic change. For example, we’re partnering with the Copernicus Science Centre, Poland’s largest science museum. Raytheon is the exclusive partner for the Centre’s educational FabLab, where students have access to digital manufacturing equipment like drills, soldering irons, cutters and 3-D printers. Programs like this can stimulate interest in STEM education and careers.
ENGAGING TOMORROW’S WORKFORCE
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.
Over the last decade, our programs have helped motivate thousands of people 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.
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. For the past 12 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.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America®
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. They also meet new friends, develop hobbies and feel more continuity in their lives.
In 2017, Raytheon added four more Centers in Arizona, Hawaii, Utah and New Mexico and now funds programs in 13 U.S. cities and at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Each year the Centers connect thousands of teens from military families with interactive modules, hands-on STEM activities and technologies that include 3-D printers, robotics and high-definition video production and conferencing equipment.
RAYTHEON AND THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Opening STEM Career Paths for Girls
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 females to STEM fields, including careers in cybersecurity, by supporting national organizations and by 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 AND THE GIRL SCOUTS
The “Think Like a Programmer” Journey will be rolled out nationally in 2018 and has the opportunity to reach nearly half a million girls, challenging them to solve complex problems like a programmer. Girl Scouts and Raytheon will also pilot a cyber challenge at select Girl Scout councils in 2019.
Raytheon also teamed with the Southern Arizona Research and Science and Engineering Foundation to sponsor the Applied Career Exploration in Science Camp for middle school girls focused on technology and STEM skills. The six-day camp welcomed girls from low-income families, who met scientists from BRAIN STEM and visited the local air and space museum.
For the past nine years, 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 2017, the program attracted more than 100,000 middle school students and more than 17,000 volunteers. Students represented 5,000 schools in 50 states, Washington, D.C., United States territories and schools serving the defense and state departments.
The national competition features a written round and a “Countdown Round,” a game-show format where the top 12 students compete head-to-head.
This year’s champion earned a $20,000 college scholarship. In 2017, Raytheon 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.
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 sponsors more than 35 national teams every year. In addition to providing mentors and volunteers, the company annually awards $1,000 FIRST Scholarships to 40 high school seniors and college students who participate in the competition and pursue undergraduate education as STEM majors.
In 2017, six women engineers from Raytheon, NASA and the U.S. Air Force shared their personal and professional stories on a panel discussion for 100 girls from FIRST Robotics. During the Q&A session, Raytheon’s Angela Phillips advised female engineering students to “build a support group and talk about the challenges you’re each facing and help one another in overcoming them.”
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.
To meet growing demand, in 2017, we expanded this program to include six regional heats. More than 250 students — more than three times the number who participated in 2016 — competed in a preliminary round. These included 40 more girls than the previous year. Sixty STEM ambassadors from Raytheon were involved in the 2017 Quadcopter Challenge, either visiting schools or coordinating the competition itself.
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. 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 in 2017 and reached an estimated 400,000 visitors.
In 2017, Raytheon marked a decade of 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 we adapted the Museum of Science, Boston’s Engineering is Elementary® program for selected schools across South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
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.
Copernicus Science Centre
Raytheon is an exclusive partner for the Copernicus Science Centre’s FabLab, Poland’s learning lab where children, adolescents and educators learn by designing and making their own constructs and models. They use digital production equipment such as 3-D printers, plotters, digital cutters and hand tools. Raytheon is also an active partner for the Robotics Workshop.
The Patriots Hall of Fame
Our sponsorship of The Patriots Hall of Fame helps to provide local schools with field trips where students engage in hands-on STEM activities while reliving New England Patriots history. The 20,000-square-foot exhibit space is a museum driven by technology, video and interactivity.
It promotes math and science through games and exhibits that highlight the math and science behind the game of football. These innovative attractions inspire and entertain thousands of school children and other guests each year.
National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
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, presented by Raytheon, brings together college students from across the United States to test their skills at protecting an existing network infrastructure against real-world cyber threats.
Teams compete based on their abilities to detect and respond to outside threats, keep existing services such as email and web servers up and running, add or remove additional services as requested and balance security and business needs.
In 2017 students from more than 220 schools across the country showcased their defensive cyber skills. In the 10 regional contests and the national competition, Raytheon provides a variety of specialized technical resources, mentors and employee volunteers.
In conjunction with the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, Raytheon hosts a Cyber Academy workshop at Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates to introduce students to cybersecurity skills for systems and networks.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT
This year’s report provides a detailed overview of Raytheon’s corporate responsibility initiatives, highlighting our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance and reduce our environmental footprint.
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