YORBA LINDA — Raytheon Company celebrated Math Awareness Month on April 24 by awarding Valerie Narumi, a middle school student from Yorba Linda, with a $1,000 scholarship to be used for a math, science or technology camp or program or saved for college.

Valerie Narumi

Additionally, her school, Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, receives a matching grant from Raytheon.

An accomplished pianist who enjoys performing classical repertoire, composing music and improvising, the seventh-grader wrote a paper on “Mathematics of Piano Tuning” last December.

She wrote, “Mathematics play an important role in tuning a piano and the music we hear … Pythagoras taught us that mismatches in frequencies exist in multiples of simple, perfectly tuned intervals and upper octaves. Pianos use an equal tempered scale. Piano tuners ‘stretch’ the pitches of the lower and upper ends of the keyboard to tune the harmonics to closely match the middle part of the keyboard.”

Narumi has received many awards in competitions across the country and has performed her original piano and ensemble works at Yamaha’s national and regional junior original concerts and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim. She has also organized and performed in recitals to benefit UNICEF and victims of the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

She has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding community service and has been recognized by OC Family Magazine and Parenting OC Magazine. Her career goal is to become a medical doctor.

In total, Raytheon awarded $300,000 to 150 students and schools across the country as part of its MathMovesU program, an initiative designed to engage middle school students in math and science.

“When students plug in a guitar, ride a skateboard or play a video game, they’re having fun with math and science – they just don’t know it,” said Jennifer Chan, senior manager of community relations for Raytheon. “By helping them make the connection, MathMovesU inspires students to create a new, lifelong relationship with math and science, one that opens up a world of career possibilities.”

The 150 scholarship recipients were selected from a pool of middle school students who created multimedia presentations that illustrated the importance of math in their daily lives and answered the question, “How does math put the action in your passion?” Submissions were judged independently by Scholarship America.

The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!; Raytheon’s Sum of All Thrills experience at Innoventions at Epcot, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the “In the Numbers” game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; and the company’s ongoing sponsorship of the Mathcounts National Competition.

For the latest MathMovesU news and information about available scholarships, visit www.raytheon.com/stewardship/mmu/.

Raytheon, with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, it provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 71,000 people worldwide.

For more about the company, visit www.raytheon.com.

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