TI and SMU partner to help students explore science and technology
TI engineer Miguel Morales demonstrates energy harvesting technology at the 2009 Visioneering event.
TI annually serves as the lead sponsor of Visioneering, a unique program hosted by Southern Methodist University's (SMU) School of Engineering.
The one-day event brings together students, working engineers, innovators, and noted national figures from a variety of industries and businesses to celebrate the ways engineering makes a difference in the world.
Students get to work hand in hand with engineers to solve a problem and learn the marvels of engineering.
More than 1,000 students, teachers and volunteers (including 24 TI volunteers) attended this year's Visioneering event on the SMU campus in Dallas to experience real-world engineering. Click here to see a video about the action-packed day where teams of students competed.
TI also sponsored the Sally Ride Science Festival at SMU recently to help interest girls in science, math and technology. Several Women of TI Fund representatives volunteered at the event, which brought together more than 800 fifth through eighth-grade girls for a day of hands-on science exploration.
Wanda Gass, TI Fellow, presented a discovery workshop titled, "Digital Light Processor: Lights, Camera, Action!" that provided insight into how TI's Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology enables a high definition video experience at home, school and the movie theater, as well as in groundbreaking medical imaging applications.
A variety of applications enabled by TI technology were also featured, including:
- TI DLP® powered Pico Projector technology that allows content to be projected from a mobile phone, laptop, or SD card onto screens up to 50 inches;
- Sensor technology embedded in athletic shoes that allow athletes to track workout data and send it to an MP3 player;
- Sensor technology that enables the collection of physiological data, such as total calories burned during an activity, sleep duration and body fat; and
- Graphing calculator technology.