November 16, 2015 – MathAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive math and science exhibit that has drawn record-breaking crowds across the U.S., is on the road again in 2016. The exhibit, presented nationally by Raytheon Company, will make its first stop in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Space Foundation Discovery Center will host the exhibition from January to May 2016.
The mission of MathAlive! is to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math by showing them its connection to — and influence on — the things they love most: music, sports, movies, games and more.
“Unique programs like MathAlive! showcase the excitement of science, technology, engineering and math in order to capture the attention of today’s youth,” said Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy. “The next generation’s application of STEM skills will fuel the global and economic security of our future.”
In the U.S., the pipeline of talent needed to fill STEM jobs is not adequate to meet current and future demand, according to an annual index introduced by Raytheon and U.S. News in 2014. The STEM Index is the first comprehensive measure of key factors relating to STEM jobs and education. The Index found that although the U.S. is making strides in some areas, it continues to fall short in preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s innovation workforce.
MathAlive! is part of Raytheon’s MathMovesU educational program, which addresses the STEM workforce gap through initiatives like scholarships and grants for students, teachers and schools, and partnerships with educational organizations.
MathAlive! debuted at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in 2012. It has visited Phoenix, Arizona; Huntsville, Alabama; Houston, Texas; Hartford, Connecticut; Omaha, Nebraska; Wichita, Kansas; Boston, Massachusetts; San Diego, California, Cleveland, Ohio; and has traveled to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The stop in Colorado Springs is part of a tour that will include stops in several military family communities. After visiting the Space Foundation, the exhibit will also make stops at:
May to July 2016: Museum of Aviation, Warner-Robins, Georgia
July to October 2016: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
October 2016 to January 2017: Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, Virginia
Collaborators for MathAlive! include NASA, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Engineers Week Foundation, the Society of Women Engineers, The Space Foundation, and MATHCOUNTS.