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Engineers launch rockets, hope to inspire students to join the indsutry

Posted at 5:32 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 19:32:17-05

Engineers early in their career watched their rockets fly on Friday.

It's part of the Engineering Capstone Project. Raytheon provides a course for engineers, early in their career, to learn about producibility and design to cost. Organizors hope the course will teach people to grow and increase their skillset.

Producibility is "making our products at the lowest price possible to provide all the function and performance the customer requires," explains Paul Tonks. He is a mechanical enginneer for Raytheon.

At Walden Grove High School, the engineers launched rockets they had built themselves. They went through everything from concept development and design to analysis, and manufacturing. But another purpose of having the launch at Walden Grove, is to inspire the students watching the launch, to join the industry.

"We absolutely want more students interested in engineering and science," says Tonks.

That's why Raytheon teamed up with the Sahuarita Unified School District. The superintendent, Dr. Manuel Valenzuela, says being able to work with Raytheon adds "additional value and enrichments to be able to partner and overtly work with practicing engineers so that our students can gain a real world understanding of how this applies."