WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fostering a love of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among students is essential as these skills become increasingly important for tomorrow's workforce. As part of its effort to bring engineering to life in the classroom, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is now accepting applications for its Raytheon-Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) Teacher Scholarship Program. During the 2014-15 school year, Raytheon will grant 30 awards of $2,500 each to elementary school teachers nationwide whose applications best demonstrate innovative methods of generating student enthusiasm about engineering concepts. Entry forms for the 2014-15 program can be found at www.mathmovesu.com.
A program offered at the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) through the Museum of Science, Boston, EiE helps elementary school educators and their students enhance their understanding of engineering concepts through professional development workshops and curriculum resources. To date, more than 70,000 teachers and nearly 6 million students have experienced EiE.
"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.
"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."
Raytheon has awarded 90 individual scholarships to teachers at disadvantaged, rural or inner city schools nationwide over the past three years as part of its $2 million Engineering is Elementary grant to the Museum of Science, Boston.
Applications will be accepted through Oct. 10, 2014. Awards will be announced in November 2014. For more information about the Raytheon-EiE Teacher Scholarship Program, including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit www.mathmovesu.com.
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.
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 the Museum of Science, Boston
The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation's only science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in science museums and schools across the United States. NCTL curricula have reached an estimated 6.1 million students and 76,700 teachers. One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces about 1.5 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.
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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