WALTHAM, Mass., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is expanding its annual Pi Day tradition by delivering hundreds of apple pies nationwide to math and science teachers at middle and high schools located within a 3.14-mile radius of select Raytheon business locations across the country, including the company's headquarters in Waltham, Mass.
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Pi, the mathematical constant approximately equal to 3.14, is celebrated nationwide March 14 because of the date's numerical significance. As part of its MathMovesU® initiative, Raytheon celebrates Pi Day to highlight the significance of pi calculations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation. Raytheon's Pi Day celebration includes STEM teacher recognition with apple pie deliveries, an annual Pi Day badge available on Facebook, shareable from www.facebook.com/mathmovesu and www.mathmovesu.com, as well as other localized activities.
"Raytheon believes our nation's teachers deserve recognition for all their efforts, especially those related to math and science," said Pam Wickham, Raytheon vice president of Corporate Affairs and Communications. "With this small token of appreciation, we're celebrating the fun in math and hope that students and teachers do, too."
Raytheon employees will deliver pies to hundreds of STEM educators within 3.14 miles of select Raytheon business locations, including Huntsville, Ala.; Phoenix, Ariz.; El Segundo, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Tewksbury, Mass.; and Omaha, Neb. In addition to its annual deliveries, Raytheon is hosting events that celebrate pi:
- In Torrance, Calif., Raytheon is partnering with the Los Angeles Kings to hold a Pizza, Pi and Pucks Day at Madrona Middle School.
- In Dallas, Texas, Raytheon is collaborating with the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science to host Pi Day at the museum with hands-on activities for the museum's Spring Break campers and guests.
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 providing more than $1 million in annual funding to students and teachers. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 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. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 71,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
Note to Editors
Pi is widely used by engineers and students in various mathematical formulae. The symbol is commonly used to calculate the area of a circle through the formula, Area = Pi x radius squared (area of the circle equals pi times the radius of the circle squared), and to calculate circumference through the formula, Circumference = Pi x diameter (circumference of the circle equals pi times the diameter of the circle).
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