One of the biggest challenges for students learning math concepts is understanding how concepts relate to the real world and how mastering math skills will help prepare them for jobs of the future. However, through an innovative program in Tucson, students are seeing first-hand how math is used by engineers working at Raytheon, a defense and aerospace systems company employing nearly 12,000 people in Southern Arizona.
Raytheon Math Nights pair up middle and high school students with Raytheon employees who help them with math and show them how math fits into the broader world. In addition, students learn how mastering math concepts will help prepare them for great jobs.
Raytheon believes that tomorrow’s innovators need to be excited by math and through their innovative program – MathMovesU – they are showing students that “math is all around them.”
“Not only are we teaching students math, we are showing kids possibilities for their future,” said Rosemary Badian, Raytheon Community Volunteer. For Raytheon, helping students with math and science is preparing the future workforce. “We are helping students learn the critical skills they need to enter professions such as engineering. Some of these students might someday be employees at Raytheon.”
More than 300 volunteers and 1200 students have participated in the Math Nights which take place throughout the school year. Dedicated teachers who are committed to student success identify students who need the extra help and encourage parents to ensure their children participate in the tutoring opportunities.
Rita Martinez, from Sunnyside High School, in Tucson is one of those dedicated educators who partner with Raytheon to bring this program to her students. “We are so excited that the engineers from Raytheon come to Sunnyside. In our school alone, we have almost 200 students participate. It’s a great opportunity for my students to see how learning math is preparing them exciting careers such as engineering.”
Thank you, Raytheon for investing in Arizona’s future. To learn more about MathMovesU, visit http://www.mathmovesu.com.
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