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Raytheon Supports Young Rocketeers in 2010 TARC Challenge

Published by Matt on Wed Feb 3, 2010 1:31 pm via: Raytheon
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Students on 669 teams from 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are preparing to launch their hand-designed rockets in the world’s largest rocket contest — the eighth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).

As part of Raytheon’s ongoing commitment to math and science education, the company will once again host the 2010 winning team of TARC to attend a “fly-off” at the Farnborough International Air Show in July against teams from the U.K. and France. This is the fifth year that Raytheon has supported the team’s trip to an international show.Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National Association of Rocketry and more than 30 industry partners, with participation by NASA, the Defense Department and the American Association of Physics Teachers, the contest is designed to boost the industry workforce by sparking interest in science, math and engineering education among middle and high school students.

The aerospace industry faces a workforce challenge as more than 20 percent of the industry becomes eligible to retire by 2013. Not enough students are entering aerospace engineering programs, potentially leaving thousands of critical defense and other sector positions unfilled as professionals retire.

In a 2009 survey among team members, 70 percent said they became more interested in a STEM career as a result of TARC. For example, contest alumnus Lieutenant (J.G.) Jerry Maniscalco graduated from the Naval Academy with an aerospace engineering degree in 2007, and is now piloting Seahawk helicopters in Jacksonville, Fla.

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