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Engaging Students in STEM

Image Credit: J. Rose & NOAO/AURA/NSF

On February 2, 2017, NOAO staff, in partnership with Raytheon, the University of Arizona Department of Early Academic Outreach, and the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA) hosted MathMovesU (MMU) at the University of Arizona Student Union. Over 200 students from six local high schools built Galileoscopes led by NOAO staff and assisted by Raytheon Engineers and TAAA volunteers. The goal of the MathMovesU program is to inspire students to consider majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in college and pursue STEM careers.

During the MMU event, students build Galileoscopes and learn about Six Sigma process for quality assurance from Raytheon engineers. Each student takes home a working Galileoscope and tripod for their personal use. After building Galilesocopes, a panel of University of Arizona faculty, deans and students fields questions from the high school students. One of the University of Arizona students on the panel said she participated in a MathMovesU event several years ago and still uses the Galilesocope she built.

NOAO has been involved in the MathMovesU program since 2010 and has built over 2500 Galilesocopes with students.

Image Credit: J. Rose & NOAO/AURA/NSF