Educational event exposes area students to careers in technology
TI volunteer, Gina Park, demonstrated the Luminetx VeinViewer™ powered by TI DLP® Technology for Nathaniel James, a Bowman Middle School seventh-grade student, during the "Engineering Your Future through Math and Science" event.
As part of the "Engineering Your Future through Math and Science" program, volunteers from TI, Cisco, Nortel and Raytheon recently presented to more than 1,100 seventh and eighth graders from Bowman and Armstrong middle schools about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies. The schools are in the Plano Independent School District (ISD).
Later the same evening, at Williams High School, 200 to 300 students and parents attended a family showcase that further reinforced the relevance of STEM disciplines.
The program was hosted for the third year by the High Technology Education Coalition of Collin County (HiTECCC) and the Sci-Tech Discovery Center. TI is a member of the HiTECCC Coalition, along with the University of Texas at Dallas, Collin College, Plano ISD, Cisco, Nortel, and Raytheon. The Sci-Tech Discovery Center is a science, technology and math non-profit initiative of the Junior League of Plano.
Torrence Robinson, TI’s director of public affairs, said, "Science, technology, engineering and math education is important for students who expect to compete in a competitive global marketplace. This HiTECCC educational event is a strategy to motivate students, families and the broader community to equip them with information that will lead to success."
During the event, students participated in hands-on technology, science and math experiences through exhibits sponsored by HiTECCC members. The participants were given the opportunity to view a system of veins throughout the human body with the Luminetx VeinViewer™ powered by TI DLP® Technology, take a close look at slime with the "UTD Slime" exhibit, and listened to discussions about the color of fireworks and the science behind crime scene investigations.
Plano ISD superintendent Doug Otto said, "The district appreciates all of the industry participation in organizing this event and HiTECCC’s ongoing commitment to promoting STEM careers to Plano ISD students. Our students must begin early to prepare for the future."
In a survey at the conclusion of the event, 100 percent of parents indicated that the program was valuable for their child; 97 percent would recommend the event to another parent.