Raytheon Celebrates National Engineers Week With Facebook Contest

By Justin Lafferty 

As a salute to National Engineers Week (Feb. 17 to 23), Raytheon launched a Facebook campaign to bring engineering into the everyday lives of K-12 students. Through Build It Better, students can earn money for their classrooms by using the application on Raytheon’s MathMovesU Facebook page to engineer a better flow for an aspect of their school.

Middle-school students are encouraged to shoot and submit videos showing how they have engineered changes for the better in their schools — whether it’s the lunch lines, desk configuration, the playground, or anything else on campus.

The first-place winner will receive $2,000 for their school, second $1,000, and third $500.  The deadline to submit entries is midnight ET April 19. Raytheon will then select finalists May 1, and allow Facebook fans to vote until May 17 for the winning video.

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson wrote in a press release about the importance of keeping the spirit of engineering alive in schools:

National Engineers Week is an ideal time to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. 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.