WALTHAM, Mass., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is celebrating Pi Day on March 14 by delivering apple pies to math and science teachers at middle and high schools located within a 3.14-mile radius of select Raytheon 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 observed nationwide March 14 because of the date's numerical significance. As part of Raytheon's MathMovesU® initiative, the company celebrates Pi Day to highlight the importance of pi calculations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – and to thank teachers for inspiring the next generation of innovators. Raytheon is sweetening the observance of Pi Day and STEM teacher recognition with the apple pie deliveries, local activities and distribution of virtual Pi Day badges. The company is inviting everyone to share the celebration at https://www.facebook.com/mathmovesu.
Pi Through The Ages
The earliest written approximation of pi dates back some 4,000 years. An ancient Greek mathematician from Syracuse 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."
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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 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government 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 us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
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