Virginia Air & Space Center opens STEM exhibit for students

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has brought MathAlive!, an immersive and interactive traveling exhibition, to the Virginia Air and Space Center, the company said.

The exhibit is on a multi-year engagement with museums on or near military installations.

Forty experiences make up the 5,000 square-foot MathAlive! exhibition with six themed galleries to show math in areas of design, engineering, technology and science.

The company said the goal is to inspire today´s students to be tomorrow´s STEM innovators and problem solvers. MathAlive! shows how math and science relates to their everyday lives, by connecting math with the things students love most, such as music, sports, movies and games.

The company said the US faces a gap in the talent needed to fill current and future jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to an annual index introduced by Raytheon and US News in 2014. The STEM Index, a comprehensive measure of key factors relating to STEM jobs and education, found the US is making strides in some areas, but continues to fall short in preparing students for tomorrow´s innovation workforce.

The Virginia Air & Space Center is the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. The Virginia Air & Space Center is the birthplace of America´s space program, and features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space exploration gallery, unique space flight artifacts, and more! The Center is home to the Apollo 12 Command Module and the Orion PA-1 Test Vehicle.

Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of USD23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation company specializing in defense, civil government and cyber security solutions.