I love all of the school visits that I make, but last Friday's was something special! More than 1,600 students from Boston and surrounding cities and towns converged on Boston's Museum of Science for a day of fun in learning - "Explore Engineering Day." Organized by Raytheon Company, this day focused on STEM education - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - and is the first of its kind with the Museum of Science, introducing students to fundamental engineering concepts by affording the kids numerous hands-on activities, and personal interactions with Raytheon engineers!
Raytheon, the Museum of Science, and InkHouse Media invited me to welcome all of the students, and speak to kick-off the big day. Obviously, STEM concepts are huge in the world of meteorology, and Raytheon has actually been a key player in developing weather technology, including the national network of Doppler radars operated by the National Weather Service, as well as new and sophisticated technology and projects, such as CASA, AWIPS, recent AWIPS expansion and VIIRS.
The Explore Engineering Day came just a short time after Raytheon announced a one million dollars sponsorship to the Museum of Science in support of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) program, working with teachers in the Boston area to teach students creative application of science and math knowledge. The money will be used to train elementary school teachers using the EiE curriculum, expand training hubs beyond Boston, and establish new professional development centers in Washington, DC, Phoenix, AZ, and Huntsville, AL.
A hats off to Raytheon for being such a generous community company, the Museum of Science for tirelessly making moments like this possible for generations of kids, and the the students, themselves, for bringing an immense amount of energy and enthusiasm for learning.
I was thrilled to reward the kids for their dedication to learning by showing them on NECN recently - their video comes at the end of this weathercast!
And here's the raw video of their energy, on display: