Education

Corporate Responsibility Report Education
Corporate Responsibility Report Strategy: Education

Education

 

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.

MathMovesU®

MathMovesU

MathMovesU

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.

MathMovesU Day

Boys & Girls Clubs of America®

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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

Stem Centers of Innovation

Opening STEM Career Paths for Girls

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts

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

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America Brings STEM Education to Diverse Youth

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 establish dedicated STEM learning spaces in all of its Clubs and train 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.

STEM Day

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.

Boys & Girls Club’s 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 2,200 Clubs and has reached 950,000 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.

Raytheon endorses Boys & Girls Clubs of America‘s commitment to serve diverse populations. In addition to focusing on military youth, it 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 & public affairs officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We’ve delivered this programming to nearly a million youth since launching the STEM strategy in 2015, and with Raytheon’s support we look forward to nearly tripling that number in the years ahead.”

MATHCOUNTS®

MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS

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.

MATHCOUNTS

FIRST® Robotics

FIRST Robotics

FIRST 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 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.”

More than 42,000 viewers have heard the engineers’ inspirational stories and advice from the original Facebook live stream, while many more have heard their best advice in the full video on YouTube.

FIRST Robotics

Quadcopter Challenge

Quadcopter Challenge

Quadcopter Challenge

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.

Quadcopter Challenge

Quadcopter Challenge

Quadcopter Challenge

TEAM AMERICA ROCKETRY CHALLENGE

Team America Rocketry Challenge

Team America Rocketry Challenge

Each year Raytheon sponsors the Team America Rocketry Challenge — a national rocket launch competition fielded by the Aerospace Industries Association that showcases the engineering know-how of students in grades 7–12 as they compete for a place in the finals.

In 2017, the winning team from Festus, Missouri, overcame challenges from 42 teams across 28 states and traveled to Paris to take on teams from France, the U.K. and Japan. The student team won the International Rocketry Challenge by successfully launching an egg aboard a rocket they had built, guiding it to precisely 750 feet and bringing it safely to earth after a precise flight.

“It’s great to finally see what aerospace is all about,” said team member Ashton Croft after the Paris win. “The people you meet, the opportunities you have and of course the sights to see make this an experience of a lifetime.”

Team America Rocketry Challenge

MathAlive!®

MathAlive!

MathAlive!

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.

MathAlive!

MathAlive!

Questacon®

Questacon

Questacon

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

Copernicus Science Centre

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.

Copernicus Science Centre

The Hall at Patriot Place

The Hall at Patriot Place

The Hall at Patriot Place

Our sponsorship of The Hall at Patriot Place 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

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

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.

NCCDC Champions

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.

Cyber Academy

Cyber Academy

Cyber Academy

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.

THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

Young people today seek fulfilling, meaningful work — and opportunities to contribute to important assignments that make a difference. Raytheon’s robust internship and co-op programs give students and recent grads the chance to build on their education in ways they never thought possible.

In 2017, Raytheon recruited more than 1,800 college hires, interns and co-op participants from more than 70 colleges. Raytheon’s University Programs team, campus ambassadors and employee resource groups help recruit these individuals and support their transition into the working world.

May Alotaibi, a summer intern with Raytheon Intelligence International Solutions who is completing her Ph.D. in Information Security at George Mason University, credits Raytheon with giving her real-world experience.

“I came to Raytheon for professional and technical experience,” she said. “I want to learn more about how companies work together, what cyber solutions they provide, and how they design and implement solutions.”

To help young professionals transition to Raytheon, we offer networking opportunities and support through our Young Employees Success Network employee resource group. We continually evolve our total rewards program to address the benefits needs of different generations, and we’ve updated our performance development system to facilitate more streamlined and targeted feedback and recognition. We have also expanded our education assistance program to cover a greater variety of professional certifications and courses.

THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

Corporate Responsibility Report

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