Raytheon, Celtics Team Up to Assist STEM Education
WALTHAM, Mass., (Nov. 15, 2010) – Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), in partnership with the Boston Celtics, will unveil tomorrow the new Dearborn Middle School Technology Lab in Roxbury, Mass., one of Boston’s poorest neighborhoods. Sponsored and constructed by Raytheon and the Boston Celtics, the new lab will provide teachers and students with technology resources and educational opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. These resources include a brand new Smart Board, 25 computers donated by HP and software donated by Microsoft.
The lab was designed to bring STEM to life by integrating mathematical and scientific concepts with exciting images of the students’ favorite professional basketball team, the 2010 Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics. The school was chosen to be the first beneficiary of the newly formed Raytheon-Celtics partnership, whose goal is to help educate local students and raise awareness about STEM education challenges. While challenged to meet the language and math guidelines for the No Child Left Behind Act, the Dearborn Middle School has established a positive trend over the past few years in increasing their math scores, thus showing promise.
“As a strong advocate for math and science excellence, and as an avid fan of the Boston Celtics, this is an exciting way to address the local need for STEM education resources,” said Mark Russell, vice president of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance for Raytheon. “As our MathMovesUÒ program celebrates five years of bringing national attention to the importance of STEM education issues, this technology lab will serve as a wonderful example of how community leaders can work together to address local, STEM-learning needs.”
Russell will be joined at the unveiling by Ray Allen, Celtics guard and future Hall of Famer, Wyc Grousbeck, CEO and Co-owner of the Boston Celtics, Dana Barros and Cedric Maxwell, Celtics Legends and Dr. Carol Johnson, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools.
“This is a slam dunk for all players involved--the Boston Celtics, Raytheon and the Dearborn Middle School make a great team when it comes to passing grades and STEM education,” Boston Celtics CEO and Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said. “Using the dynamics of basketball to get kids excited about math and science is what the Shamrock Foundation is all about: giving back to our franchise community by helping its children who are most in need.”
Dearborn Middle School was selected as recipient of the new technology lab as part of Boston’s Circle of Promise, the city’s vision for the future of educating youth. The program aims to boost student achievement and eliminate the cycle of poverty. Raytheon and the Boston Celtics offered the lab as a first step to transform Dearborn Middle School into a STEM school.