Raytheon’s Mathalive! Exhibition Officially Inaugurated at Higher Colleges of Technology in Ras Al Khaimah
Raytheon Emirates, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), is hosting its interactive math and science exhibition MathAlive! at the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Ras Al Khaimah Women’s College until 19 April 2018. MathAlive! is being held in partnership with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Tolerance.
The exhibition was officially inaugurated during a ribbon cutting ceremony by Sheikh Sultan bin Jamal bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of the Department of Citizens Affairs at the Emiri Diwan in Ras Al Khaimah, together with representatives of HCT and Raytheon Emirates.
MathAlive! was developed and created by Raytheon to educate and inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – essential fields for future generations of UAE youth to contribute to the nation’s economy.
Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, commented, “Tolerance is truly a catalyst for teamwork which in itself promotes diversity in thought, creativity and innovation. The MathAlive! exhibition bears testimony to this holistic approach of inclusion in utilizing science as a bridge that fosters an environment of tolerance and acceptance, which we all aspire to.”
MathAlive! takes students on a journey into STEM through 40 interactive features such as video games, sports, robots and music, which also complement the school curriculum. The exhibition is part of Raytheon’s larger MathMovesU® initiative, aimed at creating greater awareness and appreciation of math among young people. The program utilizes a host of platforms to encourage students to realize their potential in math and science.
John Brauneis, Chief Executive, Raytheon Emirates, said, “Raytheon is committed to the diversification of the UAE economy, and to the growth of the nation’s workforce capabilities, through the development of Emirati knowledge-based leaders. Experiences such as MathAlive!, held in partnership with local educational institutions that promote STEM education among youth, are part of the equation. We are pleased to bring this innovative exhibition to Ras Al Khaimah so that young Emiratis can interact with its numerous hands-on activities in ways that are fun and educational, stimulating a sustained commitment to STEM education and careers.”
At the launch event held Sunday, students from local elementary schools were joined by dozens of HCT undergraduates pursuing careers in high tech fields.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, said, “The HCT’s transformative HCT 2.0 strategy is committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the skills to succeed in the future, by implementing its “hybrid education” model that combines traditional classroom instruction with applied training and job-related skills. The hybrid education model also forges a firm link between the HCT academic programs and the internationally recognized professional certificates in order to ensure the work readiness of students with advanced technological skills.
“We are pleased to be working with Raytheon to present MathAlive! in Ras Al Khaimah. Our long-standing partnership with Raytheon demonstrates our emphasis on innovation in education, ensuring our students will have the skills of teamwork, adaptability, global awareness, information technology, and analytical thinking so that they make important contributions to the United Arab Emirates’ continued evolution,” he added.
Raytheon’s MathAlive! was launched in the Gulf in 2013, and has attracted more approximately 500,000 visitors since its debut. The tour has made 14 stops across the region including two in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah, as well as in Dubai and Sharjah. To make the tour possible, Raytheon partnered with the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee, as well as the Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah Science Museum, Khalifa University and RAK Colleges.
Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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