WALTHAM, Mass., March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and its employees will celebrate Pi Day this Friday, March 14 with a program focused on encouraging people to thank and recognize math and science teachers everywhere. As part of Raytheon's MathMovesU® initiative, the company observes Pi Day in a number of ways to highlight the significance of pi calculations in science, technology, engineering and math and to thank local teachers for inspiring the next generation of innovators:
- Raytheon volunteers will deliver apple pies to middle and high-school math teachers within 3.14 miles of Raytheon locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia.
- The company has developed a MathMovesU Pi Day toolkit with a Pi Day quiz, fact sheet, infographic and video — designed for parents and teachers to use to show students the infinite possibilities of math.
- Raytheon's "Build it Better" contest, open until April 16, 2014, encourages students to re-engineer a part of their school experience.
- MathMovesU's Pi Day board on Pinterest features fun Pi Day images and resources for students, parents and teachers.
Students, parents and teachers are invited to take part in Raytheon's Pi-arty:
- Bake a pie with the student in your life – a great example of fractions at work – and deliver it to a science, technology, engineering or math teacher to say "thank you"
- Tweet or post a photo with #mathmovesu and #piday of your favorite math or Pi t-shirt– or take time to make one
- Wish someone a "Happy Pi Day" with our Pi Day eCards
Pi Through the Ages
Pi is widely used by engineers and students to solve math problems. The pi symbol is commonly used to calculate the area of a circle: the area of the circle equals pi times the radius of the circle squared. The earliest written approximation of pi dates back some 4,000 years. An ancient Greek mathematician from Syracuse, Sicily later discovered the first three digits of pi. Do you know his name? For the answer and more fun facts about pi, check out Raytheon's infographic: "Happy Pi Day."
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.
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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