Raytheon brings Engineering is Elementary® to Colorado Springs, CO elementary schools

Program aims to inspire future engineers through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education


Thursday, January 21, 2016
Media Contact:  Jo-Anne Sears, Raytheon  +1.571.250.1914  iispr@raytheon.com

Colorado Springs (January 21, 2016) — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has awarded a $37,000 grant to support the education of engineering concepts and practices for elementary school students in Colorado Springs, CO. The grant for Colorado Springs District 11 is part of a larger $2 million Raytheon initiative, launched in 2011, to help improve STEM education nationwide by expanding the use of Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), an award-winning curriculum developed at the Museum of Science, Boston through its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).

"Raytheon's generous support greatly expands our mission to bring engineering to elementary-aged children," said Museum of Science president and director Ioannis Miaoulis, who created the NCTL to introduce engineering in schools and museums nationwide.

The Raytheon-Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) grant funds professional development for teachers from the district, who will attend a workshop that prepares them to use EiE with their students. Colorado Springs District 11 is one of four districts this year and among a total of 17 schools and districts since 2013 to receive one of these Raytheon awards. Headquartered in Massachusetts, Raytheon also has offices in Colorado Springs.

STEM education is critical to keeping America competitive globally,” said Todd Probert, vice president for Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “Teachers are vital to our nation’s future success, and this grant helps strengthen their ability to encourage students to pursue careers in math and science.”

The workshop for Colorado Springs teachers will take place Jan. 21, 2016; in addition to the training, each teacher will also receive an EiE curriculum guide and a materials kit with everything needed to implement engineering activities in the classroom. Finally, as part of the grant’s “train the trainer” model, a district educator will attend the EiE Teacher Educator Institute, acquiring the skills and knowledge to facilitate more workshops for district teachers.

"Having the opportunity to develop a working relationship with a STEM-based community organization and incorporate award-winning curriculum into our current science curriculum and after school programs is exciting,” said Linda Sanders, Colorado Springs School District 11 Health and Science Facilitator.  “District 11 works to build pathways for students which will provide understanding in STEM-based areas, and this grant from Raytheon will allow us to bring these experiences to our youngest inquirers."

As part of its commitment to the Colorado Springs area, last year Raytheon announced a four-year partnership with the Space Foundation’s Discovery Center to fund educational programs, including the Center’s summer educational series and the Raytheon ScholarTrips Program to support local school district visits to the Center. In addition to these programs, Raytheon is bringing its highly interactive traveling MathAlive!® exhibit to the Discovery Center, January 30 through April 30, 2016.  

To date, EiE has reached more than 9.3 million children across the country, engaging students as young as six with hands-on, inquiry-based activities. The curriculum explores a variety of engineering fields – from electrical to mechanical to biomedical and more – and each activity is tied to a science concept commonly taught in elementary schools. Research shows EiE helps elementary students become more interested in engineering as a career, and also improves their learning of science concepts.

About Engineering is Elementary

  • EiE is a project of the Museum of Science, Boston, developed with support from the National Science Foundation.
  • The EiE curriculum includes 20 units that integrate science topics with a specific field of engineering.
  • Through the use of storybooks, EiE introduces students to children from different cultures and backgrounds who are trying to solve engineering problems.
  • EiE students as young as six years old conduct their own experiments to collect the data needed to solve a similar problem using a five-step engineering design process.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in science museums and schools across the United States. Having reached an estimated 10.1 million students and 112,700 educators, its National Center for Technological Literacy® also received the National Science Board's Public Service Award in May 2015. One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces about 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Science Behind Pixar, created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, has begun a 10-year national tour. The Museum has also led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit: http://www.mos.org.

About MathMovesU

Raytheon’s MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students’ interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!®; Raytheon’s Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the “In the Numbers” game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company’s ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.



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