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MathMovesU exposes students to careers in STEM field

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Nearly 200 high school students spent their morning learning about the world of STEM at the University of Arizona, by putting together telescopes inspired by scientist Galileo Galilei.  

Raytheon and the UA teamed up to put on the 12th annual MathMovesU event.

The goal is give students an opportunity to see what careers are possible in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“I love astronomy and the stars and just how crazy it can be, like, it never ends,” said Caitlyn Brown, Rincon High sophomore.

"I never knew that telescopes would go into math, I thought it would be just more of science,” said Julio Zamorano, Amphitheater High sophomore.”

The kids worked alongside Raytheon engineers to assemble not just any old telescopes but Galileoscopes. They’re small refractor telescopes with an up to 50x magnification, depending on the lens equipped.

"You see how far we've come in technology as a whole. Galileo was looking through a telescope and it was wooden. It was so small,” said Raytheon engineer Helena Hobbs.

In 2016, the U.S. had 568,000 new STEM graduates, according to data from the World Economic Forum.

China and India came out on top with a total of 7.3 million graduates in the STEM field.

UA’s Early Academic Outreach director Rudy McCormick said it’s time for the U.S. to catch up.

“We're very committed to increasing the pipeline of students that are thinking about science, technology, engineering and math. This is an event that we hope will grow aspirations toward fields and STEM,” McCormick said.

As for Julio Zamorano and Caitlyn Brown, their career aspirations fall within the STEM field.

“One day I want to probably a pathologist or maybe a dermatologist. I want to do something with the cells or the skin,” Zamorano said.

"I want to do astronomy, maybe engineering because when I was little I used to build all kinds of stuff,” Brown said.

They’re students reaching for the stars, engaged in the world of STEM.

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