Raytheon UK’s philanthropic interests are strategically focused on maths and sciences education.
U.K. Rocketry Challenge
Since 2005, Raytheon has sponsored the Aerospace Industries Association Team America Rocketry Challenge and U.K. Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge. As part of the sponsorship, Raytheon supports the winning team’s annual trips to the Farnborough and Paris International Air Shows held in England and France respectively.
This challenge is the world’s largest rocket competition, and is designed to inspire students to learn the principles of aerospace engineering and to encourage them to consider careers in the aerospace industry.
Primary school outreach in Scotland is centered around Adam Smith College’s engineering-focused activities known as the Robotics Roadshows. Since 2008, Raytheon has sponsored this initiative, which has involved more than 6,000 young students.
As a sponsor of Headstart, Raytheon joins a well-established education programme designed to encourage students interested in maths or sciences to consider technology based careers. It provides opportunities for students to attend summer sessions at university, giving them early insight into technology fields.
Raytheon supports Strathclyde University students who are in the final year of their degree to design, build and demonstrate flight capabilities. The company sponsors a professor at the university who provides academic insight to Raytheon engineers.