WARNER ROBINS -- Raytheon Co. gave $40,000 in grants Thursday to encourage math and science education in Houston County.
The company, a major defense contractor, gave $20,000 to the Museum of Aviations STEM Academy and $20,000 to the Houston County school system.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The museum grant will go toward STEM Academy events, including Kids STEM Day, Teachers STEM Day, Youth Astronaut Day and workshops.
The school system grant will go toward achieving state STEM certification for teachers at Northside Elementary, Eagle Springs Elementary, Thomson Middle and Huntington Middle schools.
The grants were awarded in a ceremony held at the museum.
Raytheon spokesman Jason Kello said the grants are part of an international effort by the company to promote STEM education.
We have a commitment to recognizing STEM education needs to be invested in because the engineers and the computer scientists, they needed to be inspired early on, Kello said.
Raytheon employs 63,000 people worldwide, including about 50 in Warner Robins. Kello said about 500 of the companys employees worldwide do jobs that are directly tied to work at Robins Air Force Base.
Lynn Dugle, vice president of Raytheon Co. and president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, toured the museum and its education facilities prior to speaking at the ceremony.
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