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Pi Day celebrations highlight the infinite possibilities math and science bring students

Raytheon delivers pies to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country to spotlight the importance of STEM education

WALTHAM, Mass., March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- There are infinite ways to show children how math factors into their everyday lives. On March 14 – 3.14, or Pi Day – Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is serving up a slice of proof that numbers are all around them.

More than 100 middle school students from the MATHCOUNTS program stand in formation of the Greek letter Pi in celebration of Pi Day. The date, March 14 or 3.14, represents the first three digits of Pi, which is used in mathematics to express the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. As part of Raytheon's MathMovesU® initiative, the company observes Pi Day to highlight the significance of pi calculations in science, technology, engineering and math to the next generation of innovators.

Raytheon is celebrating the world's most famous never-ending number by delivering pies to Boys & Girls Clubs around the country and dishing out fun facts about the trusty, time-honored decimal.

Pi dates back some 4,000 years, and it is commonly used to calculate the area of a circle. The number represents the ratio of the distance around a circle (circumference) to the distance across its center (diameter). Pi begins with 3.14 and goes on infinitely. To print out a billion decimal values in 12-point font would require a piece of paper long enough to stretch from Kansas to New York City.

This year the chance to celebrate is truly once in a lifetime – with a sequential time occurring on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 in the morning and the evening! Join Raytheon in encouraging the boys and girls in your life to join the Pi-arty:

  • Share our MathMovesU Pi Day quiz, fact sheet, infographic and video. It is all here in our Pi Day toolkit
  • Bake a pie with the student in your life – a great example of fractions at work – and deliver it to a science, technology, engineering or math teacher to say "thank you"
  • Tweet or post a photo with #mathmovesu and #piday of your favorite math or Pi t-shirt– or take time to make one
  • Wish someone a "Happy Pi Day" with our Pi Day eCards

Share your pictures and stories with Raytheon MathMovesU on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with #PiDay and #MathMovesU.

Pi Through the Ages
Pi is widely used by engineers and students to solve math problems. The pi symbol is commonly used to calculate the area of a circle: the area of the circle equals pi times the radius of the circle squared. The earliest written approximation of pi dates back some 4,000 years. An ancient Greek mathematician from Syracuse, Sicily later discovered the first three digits of pi. Do you know his name? For the answer and more fun facts about pi, check out Raytheon's infographic: "Happy Pi Day."

About MathMovesU
Raytheon's MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!®; Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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