Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 10:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Epcot on Wednesday opened a new attraction called "Sum of All Thrills," which lets kids use computer tablets to design a virtual roller coaster, bobsled track or plane ride. After inputting their designs, kids climb into a robotic carriage that uses virtual-reality technology to help them experience the ride they've created.
The new ride program is sponsored by Raytheon, a military contractor, as part of its corporate philanthropy program to interest young people in math, science, technology and engineering. Math education is strategically important for the company, said William Swanson, Raytheon’s chief executive.