MathAlive!, an extremely cool, interactive, traveling math exhibit, comes to Space Center Houston on Feb. 23, as Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) kicks off its nationwide celebration of National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23). The weeklong festivities will showcase the positive impact of engineers on society and bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life for tomorrow’s workforce.
“National Engineers Week is an ideal time to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering and math,” said Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson . “Each year, we hope the visibility and the week’s ‘learn-by-doing’ engineering experience inspires students nationwide to become a new generation of innovators.”
As part of Raytheon’s commitment to STEM education, employees will host live events and hands-on engineering activities in partnership with local community schools and organizations. Raytheon volunteers will help thousands of students experience engineering concepts firsthand, while the company’s flagship STEM program, MathMovesU®, engages students and teachers via Facebook in an online challenge, contest and discussion.
MathAlive! is designed to inspire, to spark the imagination, to reveal not only math at work, but the endless possibilities of math. Designed for families and students the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most – video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more – and creates interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or use.
In this 5,000 square foot exhibition, you’ll ride a snowboard in a 3D experience, design (and play) your own video game, capture your 360-degree image in a unique interactive, jump into a fractal dance party, even design a custom skateboard for “pop” – the quick, snapping motion that allows a board to do the best tricks. Through nearly 40 unique, interactive experiences, the exhibit takes math from its native form into the applied worlds of design, engineering, technology and science.
You’ll explore and operate simulations of NASA’s latest robotics, including the Robonaut 2 and the Curiosity Rover. You’ll test your engineering and city-planning skills on a large-scale eco bridge and take on different engineering roles as they design a more sustainable infrastructure for a city.