DENVER, Colo. (April 21, 2022) — Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, today announced a new partnership to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders in Colorado. Utilizing a $50,000 grant, Space Foundation will expand two STEM programs that will serve nearly 2,000 students, teachers and young professionals in the state.
Together, Space Foundation and RI&S will launch the Discovery Center Field Trip Scholarship this summer, which will enable 1,500 students grades K through 12 and teachers from Title 1 schools in Colorado to visit Space Foundation’s Discovery Center, the region’s first and only dedicated space, science and technology center, at no cost. They will also expand the New Generation Program to include three new leadership exchanges for high school students from underserved communities and young professionals, providing free networking, career development and mentoring opportunities.
“One of the biggest obstacles preventing students from pursuing an education or a career in STEM is a lack of exposure to STEM education and mentorship,” said Kristin Robertson, president of Space & C2 Systems at Raytheon Intelligence & Space. “Building a diverse STEM workforce requires greater representation in the STEM education system. That’s why Raytheon Intelligence & Space is proud to partner with Space Foundation to offer Colorado youth free, hands-on STEM programming this year.”
RI&S’ expanded partnership with Space Foundation is part of Raytheon Technologies’ Connect Up initiative, which is a 10-year, $500 million corporate social responsibility initiative to drive transformative, generational impact on critical societal challenges.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support from Raytheon Intelligence & Space,” said Shelli Brunswick, chief operating officer at Space Foundation. “Their commitment to developing the next generation of STEM leaders will allow us to continue instilling a passion for lifelong learning.”
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