Raytheon Australia is committed to our employees and the communities where we live and work. We take a strategic approach to corporate philanthropy by focusing on three key areas that are important to the company and our people: maths and science education, supporting the mission of the Australian Defence Force, and local community involvement.
Raytheon Australia looks to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by helping students unlock their potential passion for science, technology, engineering and maths through our partnership with Questacon—The National Science and Technology Centre.
The company also supports the defence community through the sponsorship of military ceremonies and a variety of initiatives aimed at supporting, recognising and honouring our defence personnel. Additionally, Raytheon Australia believes it is the company’s duty to support the local communities where we live and work.
Through these focused engagements, Raytheon Australia strives for meaningful impact in the community.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education
In 2007, Raytheon cemented its commitment to maths and science education with a $1 million partnership with Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. This partnership supported the Imagination Factory, an exhibition telling the story of systems integration showing how things work together in innovative ways.
The Exhibition was officially opened in August 2007 by the then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, and attracted over 300,000 visitors in its first year to Questacon’s Canberra facility. After opening in Canberra, the exhibition toured Australian science centres in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane with more than 600,000 visitors visiting Imagination Factory under Raytheon’s partnership with Questacon.
In November 2010, Raytheon entered a new phase of the company’s partnership with Questacon and provided funding to support the Schmidt Studio – named in honour of Professor Brian Schmidt, Australian Nobel Laureate and astrophysicist. The Schmidt Studio uses high-definition videoconference facilities to stream live and interactive science demonstrations to school students in their own schools across Australia.
To date, the Schmidt Studio has facilitated over 450 video conference connections to over 12,000 students and teachers from over 300 schools from around Australia, also enabling connections with local and international scientists, NASA astronauts, Nobel Laureates, polar explorers and a CERN physicist.
As a technology and engineering company, Raytheon is ultimately aware of the need to motivate young people to continue their studies in maths and science. To this end, other STEM initiatives supported by Raytheon Australia include the Fremont-Elizabeth City High School scholarship, Challenger Institute of Technology, Aviation High Aerospace Excellence Awards, and Shoalhaven Education Fund.
Defence Force Support
Raytheon Australia continues to support the mission of our customer through its sponsorship of numerous ADF awards and prizes. These include the Royal Military College Duntroon, the Royal Naval College at HMAS Creswell, and the Submarine Warfare Officers Course at HMAS Stirling.
For more than a decade, Raytheon Australia has been proud to play its part as a supporter and major sponsor of Special Olympics Australia and we applaud the tireless work Special Olympics Australia does to enrich the lives of those with an intellectual disability.
Without the commitment of those selfless individuals who dedicate their time to supporting the men, women and children who make up Australia’s team of Special Olympics athletes, competing at global sporting events such as the World Summer Games would not be possible. Similarly, without the drive and determination of the remarkable athletes that they support, team Special Olympics Australia would cease to exist. For more information, visit Special Olympics Australia.
As part of our commitment to our employees and the communities where we live and work, we do lots of these things including:
- Noah’s Ark Shoalhaven, in Nowra NSW, is a centre offering flexible, high quality services to children with special needs and caring support to their families.
- Barnardos ACT offers family support, out-of-home care and supported accommodation services for disadvantaged children, adolescents and their families in the ACT.
- Minda in South Australia creates an environment where people with intellectual disability can embrace and enjoy the experiences of life.