Local Students Compete in Raytheon's Engineer Games

Middle and high school students participate in Math Moves U Day or Engineer Games to learn more about science and technology.

Students from nearly three dozen southland high schools, including Mira Costa, Redondo Union and Palos Verdes Peninsula, participated in Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems' celebration of National Engineers Week.

Raytheon in El Segundo hosted their 13th annual Engineer Games competition Wednesday, in which students were asked to solve a problem created and posed by Raytheon engineers.

This year, students were challenged to build a Stirling engine to turn a piston and a crank shaft without electricity, using the materials supplied (steel wool, a soda can, a paint can, a balloon and some wires). 

On Monday, Raytheon offered Math Moves U Day, in which students from 13 middle schools, including those in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Inglewood, Lynwood, Lomita, Los Angeles, Orange County, Somis, Torrance, Huntington Beach and Compton, participated.

“Raytheon’s Engineers Week activities are designed to fuel the next generation of engineer, helping keep middle and high school students interested in math and science and ensure that America maintains a competitive position in the global technology race,” said Noel Ellis, 2013 Engineers Week chair for Raytheon SAS and acting director of the Electronics Engineering Center. 

Derrick Sosa February 23, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Why not have High School like Hawthorne High which is right next to El Segundo or Lawndale High which is even closer. I understand High Schools that have more white students get to be in Science fare.
Liz Spear February 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Hi Derrick, I'm not familiar enough with the racial breakdown of each school district listed in the article but am guessing they're not all dominated by white students. I'd also imagine Raytheon might have some criteria for which students they invite and that that criteria would have to perhaps do with a student's areas of study as well as perhaps grades. I'll contact Raytheon to find out.
Hannah Smith February 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Are there more photos that were taken at the event?
Liz Spear February 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Hi Hannah, These photos were contributed but I'd bet they took more photos. I can inquire if you'd like. Are you looking for anything in particular?


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