Sentinel & Enterprise
LEOMINSTER — Raytheon Company and the New England Patriots celebrated the sixth annual “Science of Sports” Science Fair at Gillette Stadium June 1, awarding scholarships to the participants of the three teams that best demonstrate the principles of math and science in sports: Leominster, Hudson, and Salem.
Since 2009, Raytheon and the Patriots have partnered to present this science fair that encourages Boys & Girls Club members from across New England to imagine and execute projects that explore math and science. More than 150 middle-school students participated on the 30 teams, representing Boys & Girls Clubs from 21 communities across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The five-month-long program was supported by 90 Raytheon employee mentors.
The teams competed to present their projects to a panel of executive judges including Raytheon Chairman William H. Swanson, the Kraft Group Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, and Patriots wide receiver and special teams captain Matthew Slater.
Each member of the top three winning teams earned a $1,000 (grand prize), $750 (second place) or $500 (third place) scholarship provided by Raytheon and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. The scholarships can be used for “camperships” applied to a science, technology, engineering or math-related summer camp or to their freshman year in post secondary school.
The science fair is a key component of the partnership between Raytheon and the New England Patriots initiated in September 2008 with the opening of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. Interactive exhibits in The Hall are designed to showcase how math and science are essential to the fundamentals of football. The Hall’s education program aligns with the goal of inspiring an appreciation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics for visiting school groups.