Katie Maehl raised her hand high as she asked Raytheon’s chairman the $1 million question: "What advice do you have for women who want to enter the STEM field?"
On April 12 Maehl, a junior at Waltham High School, joined 60 of her classmates on a trip by trolley bus to Raytheon’s global headquarters in Waltham to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
"Math and science can be hard, but it’s really worth the effort," Raytheon Chairman William H. Swanson told Maehl during a question-and-answer session with the students. "We’re in the business of saving lives – and nothing is more thrilling than helping people."
The event was part of Junior Achievement of Northern New England’s "Skills to Achieve" STEM education program, and it coincided with Raytheon’s National Volunteer Week celebration. Swanson and other employees volunteered their time to teach a half-day event covering STEM subjects.