Raytheon Company -- a longtime supporter of McKinney ISD's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education -- has donated $10,000 to the district’s LASER (Leadership and Science Ensure Results) program.
Raytheon representatives Jill Brooks and Elyse Hogan were on hand to present the check at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.
The money will go toward implementing LASER in all McKinney ISD sixth-grade science classes during the 2012-13 school year.
LASER is a project-based learning curriculum developed through the collaborative effort of Raytheon and McKinney ISD.
Raytheon supplied approximately $19,500 to fund the original program which was embedded in the district’s high school physics classes during the 2010-2011 school year.
About 40 Raytheon engineers and managers visit the classes every other month to work with teachers and students on four different modules that focus on 21st century Leadership skills.
School district officials say that with the continued support of business partners such as Raytheon, McKinney ISD is preparing students for success in an increasingly competitive, ever-changing global market.
About the author: Shane Mauldin is a communications specialist with McKinney ISD.