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Raytheon helps push AZ high schoolers toward math, science careers

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

High school students from all across Southern Arizona Thursday caught a glimpse of what it would be like to work in a high-tech field.

It's part of a movement to create more math and science experts to fill the jobs of the future.

Using a bunch of parts, putting everything together, and making something work the way it should.

Today 150 high school students built telescopes to help them see a future in math and science.

"There's so much technology in our lives that we just view it as a consumer.  And we're trying to make the connection that behind all of those things are engineers, scientists," said Wes Kremer with Raytheon Air and Missile Systems.

This is "Math Moves U Day," where Raytheon teams up with the University of Arizona for hands-on learning.

For some of the students, this only reinforces what they want to do with their future.  For students who haven't even thought of going to college, this event shows them some of the possibilities.

"It's way easier to do it step by step," high school student Austin Adams said.

Adams has already been in special programs in hopes of one day becoming an engineer.

"I would be building things and making things happen and it would always excite me," he said.

Katelyn Young hasn't decided on college yet, but she said this experiment was a breeze.

"It's actually really fun. I enjoyed it and that's part of the reason why I'm not so nervous about it now."

She's never thought of a career in the sciences. That could be changing.

"This is really fun, I could do this probably," she said.

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