It was all part of the Feb. 16-22 National Engineers Week, a celebration of the engineering profession and an opportunity to interest young students in the field.
“When students are playing sports, video games or music – doing the things they love – they’re having fun with math and science, they just don’t know it,” said Pamela Erickson, vice president of corporate affairs for Raytheon. “Our goal is to keep students interested in educational tracks that will one day lead to careers in science and engineering.”
Science and Math Education in the US
According to the United States Department of Commerce, growth in jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math was three times as fast as growth in other jobs in the past 10 years, and those occupations are expected to continue to grow.
But many of today’s students aren’t making the grade. The U.S. ranks 26th out of 34 countries in mathematics proficiency, and more than a quarter of 15-year-olds do not reach the baseline of mathematics proficiency, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Program for International Student Assessment.
Making an Impact Nationwide
To spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, Raytheon hosted events designed to show students that engineers are professionals who dream up creative and practical solutions – they invent, design and create things that matter. (View the top 10 reasons to love engineering.)
- In McKinney, Texas, local high school students met engineering fellows and assembled electronics.
"Our National Engineers Week events give us the opportunity to connect our engineers with thousands of students to get them thinking about a career path they may not have considered before,” Erickson said. “We want them to understand that math and science can open up many doors for an exciting future."
Engaging Parents and Teachers
Raytheon also assembled a toolkit of great resources to help parents, teachers and school guidance counselors drive home this message. The toolkit, along with math worksheets and online learning games, can be found at the newly redesigned MathMovesU.com.
And Raytheon announced an initiative with WGBH, the Boston-based public broadcaster, to support classroom adoption of Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS.
The initiative – Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media – provides teachers with the resources they need to bring engineering to life for K-12 students. The resources, featuring content from the award-winning Engineering is Elementary curriculum, FETCH, and NOVA Science Now, are available through PBS LearningMedia, a free, on-demand digital media service for educators and students.
Recognizing our Engineers
As much as it is a week to spark the interest of future engineers, National Engineers Week is also a time to recognize and celebrate the passionate individuals who create and innovate to make a difference in the world today.
Raytheon recognized its engineers for their outstanding contributions to the company’s legacy of innovation through a variety of activities, including the Excellence in Engineering and Technology (EiET) Awards, Raytheon’s highest technical honor.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 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 a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit raytheon.com.