- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire, is partnering with Raytheon to create an afterschool science and engineering club for middle school students.

The yearlong program will begin this fall with the goal of inspiring youth participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Raytheon donated $10,000 to get the program up and running.

The award will also help fund professional development for middle school teachers in creating engineering activities for the classroom.

The Discovery Center also anticipates involvement from engineers and scientists from businesses and educational institutions.

The center intends to reach out to underserved populations in recruiting participants for the McAuliffe-Shepard Science and Engineering Club.

“We believe that while field trips and family visits to science centers can provide the spark that ignites a young person’s interest in STEM, the sustained experience of a science center-based afterschool program can nurture and develop that interest, making a lifelong career in STEM more likely,” said Jeanne Gerulskis, executive director of the center.

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