St. Gregory College Preparatory students partnered with Kitt Peak engineers looking for help to keep telescope mirrors clean.
Students in Colleen Kelley’s Advanced Placement chemistry class worked with Chuck Gessner, risk manager at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, who was looking for assistance to calculate a formula that would help neutralize the chemical solution used to clean the aluminum coating off a telescope mirror at Kitt Peak National Observatory before it is re-aluminized.
Kelley and her students studied the chemical composition of each solution and in just one day, determined the final pH and provided a method to reach a neutral pH.
Sunnyside to host
The Sunnyside Unified School District will host an anti-bullying forum today at Sunnyside High School.
The forum, which is open to the public, will last from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, 1725 E. Bilby Road.
The forum will include a presentation by Jamal Givens from CODAC Behavioral Health Services and Linda Clay from the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center, a school district news release said.
Attendees will also receive information about district policies regarding bullying, threats, intimidation and harassment.