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200 students build telescopes at an event promoting STEM

Posted at 4:44 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 20:20:15-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — 200 middle school students with an interest in math and science.

“I either want to go into engineering or be an architect that's what i wanted to do since i was little,” said 8th Grader Gavin Lopez.

They are all working on putting together Galileoscopes at Raytheon’s MathMovesU day held at the University of Arizona.

“We are trying to figure out how to build telescopes, I mean it's coming together, but we are not there yet.,” said Lopez.

Raytheon president Wes Kremer says there is a declining number of scientists, engineers and technologists in the united states. This program is about pointing students in that direction early because they often decide if they like math and science before high school.
“This is a critical point in the development of kids so this is an outreach program here in Tucson to get them interested in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Kremer.

Kremer says after 15 years they now have employees working at Raytheon who attended a math moves u day back in middle school.

“We have some alumni kids who been through this program and we are proud of that we think its impactful to the local community.”

The students we talked to say they can't wait to take their telescopes home.