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STEM event teaches high schoolers telescope science

Published: Feb. 2, 2016 at 5:47 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:17 PM MST
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(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A group of high school students from across Tucson learned Tuesday, Feb. 2 that building a telescope isn't as hard as it seems.

Raytheon's annual "MathMovesU Day" aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The aerospace company joined the University of Arizona and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory to make it happen.

The Tucson Mayor's Office - Community Schools Initiative was also involved in the effort.

Students built their very own "Galileoscopes" under the step-by-step guidance of Raytheon engineers who volunteered their time.

The high school juniors and seniors learned the science behind assembling the Galileo-model telescopes.

"We need more and more engineers - especially women, lower income. It shouldn't just be a high-access type of event anymore. It's everywhere in the world and we need to get people as involved as possible in becoming engineers and getting involved in the sciences," said Megan Tienjaroonkul, who is part of Raytheon's engineering leadership development program.

Students have built more than 2,000 Galileoscopes during the event's 11-year history.

Santa Rita High School, Pueblo High School, Catalina High School, Palo Verde High School, Flowing Wells High School, Desert View High School and Sentinel Peak High School all participated.

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