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Celebrating National Engineers Week: MathAlive! Opens Saturday, Feb. 23, At Space Center Houston

HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MathAlive!™, a highly interactive traveling exhibition that allows visitors to experience math in action, opens Saturday, Feb. 23, at Space Center Houston. Presented nationally by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and locally by the City of Webster, this featured exhibition debuts during National Engineers Week and runs through May 5, 2013.

The 5,000 square-foot exhibition is composed of 40 unique and interactive experiences that take math into the applied worlds of design, engineering, technology and science.

"NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, supported by Raytheon, is one example of how today's and tomorrow's engineers and innovators use math and science to provide training and simulation to customers worldwide," said John Harris, president of Raytheon Technical Services Company. "MathAlive! is designed to spark interest and show students that math and science are used in the world all around them, and especially in organizations like NASA." 

At MathAlive! visitors can:
  • Design and play their own video games.
  • Take the controls to master-engineer various aspects of a modern city.
  • Race in a Boardercross challenge.
  • Compete in a mountain bike race.
  • Capture their image in a 360-degree freeze action photo.
  • And control a simulated Mars rover.

"MathAlive! is a great addition to our out-of-this-world lineup of exciting things to see and do this spring," said Richard Allen, CEO of Space Center Houston. "This hands-on, minds-on exhibit will thrill kids and adults alike. MathAlive! fits right in with the unique, high quality family entertainment you will find only at Space Center Houston."

MathAlive! is the largest-scale initiative to date of Raytheon's MathMovesU®, a national program inspiring students to embrace mathematics as a key to their future. The exhibition, produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, debuted at the Smithsonian in 2012 where it enjoyed record-breaking traveling exhibit attendance levels. MathAlive! went on to visit Phoenix, Ariz., and Huntsville, Ala., before coming to Houston. The exhibition is on a multiyear tour to science centers and museums in 15 U.S. and international cities, and is projected to draw 4 million visitors overall.

Institutional collaborators for MathAlive! include NASA, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Society of Professional Engineers, National Engineers Week Foundation, the Society of Women Engineers, and MATHCOUNTS ®.

MathAlive! is included with admission to Space Center Houston and is designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and levels of math ability, but with particular relevance to students grades 3-8.

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