Raytheon brings Engineering is Elementary® to Loudoun County, VA elementary schools

Program aims to inspire future engineers by spurring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WALTHAM, Mass., (July 15, 2015) — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has funded a $37,000 grant to help teach engineering concepts and practices to elementary school students in Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools. The grant is part of a larger $2 million Raytheon initiative 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 launched the NCTL to introduce engineering in schools and museums nationwide.

The Raytheon-Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) grant funds professional development for 25 teachers, who will attend a workshop to prepare them to use EiE with their students. Loudoun County 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.

The workshop for Loudoun teachers will take place July 15, 2015. As part of the award, each teacher will also receive an EiE curriculum guide and a materials kit with everything needed to implement engineering activities in the classroom.

“Loudoun County Public Schools is very excited about incorporating Engineering is Elementary into our STEM curriculum, and Raytheon’s scholarship will greatly support our efforts to infuse the engineering process at all levels of the elementary science curriculum,” says Odette Scovel, the Loudoun County science supervisor. “The EIE curriculum will support our Project Based Learning (PBL) county-wide initiative; our students will be actively engaged in solving real world problems using critical thinking skills; and the professional development workshop will give our teachers a rich curriculum, extensive classroom resources, and a deeper understanding of engineering processes.”

“Our nation’s competitiveness and economic growth depend on development of technical talent, and teachers are vital to this effort,” said John Balaguer, vice president of Engineering and Technology at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “Raytheon is committed to inspiring the next generation of innovators, and this grant helps strengthen teachers’ ability to encourage students to pursue careers in math and science.” IIS has its headquarters in Dulles, Va., and has 1200 employees there.

To date, EiE has reached more than 8 million children, 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.

“With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013, there’s a new expectation that engineering will be integrated with existing elementary science curricula – and schools and districts need an effective way to do that,” said Dr. Christine Cunningham, a vice president at the Museum and EiE founder and director. “We’re really pleased to be able to offer support through the Raytheon scholarship program.”

Headquartered in Massachusetts, Raytheon has over 2,000 employees working throughout the Northern Virginia area.  In addition to Loudoun County Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools was a scholarship recipient last year. “Arlington Public Schools is extremely excited about participating in EiE,” said Dat Le, science supervisor for Arlington Public Schools. “With this generous support from Raytheon, our elementary school teachers benefited from professional development that helped them better understand engineering 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 8.2 million students and 88,700 teachers, 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 Museum also leads 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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