Thirty African-American middle school students experienced innovation firsthand by recently attending a Summer Science Institute at TI's Santa Clara, Calif., site.
TI partnered with the Greene Scholars Program to offer the annual, hands-on learning event to create excitement about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among the high-achieving 11- to 14-year-old scholars.
In this collaborative team environment, these young scholars were encouraged to conceptualize and develop their own innovative projects, and, at week's end, present a product idea based on what they learned.
Three key themes that the engineers working with the students stressed included:
Hands-on activities, including building towers using marshmallows and toothpicks, designing futuristic bike helmets, and building and racing solar cars, helped demonstrate concepts learned about innovation and product development.
In addition to the interactive workshops, the students participated in a "sports science challenge" at the company's fitness center and toured the Audio and High Value Consumer (HVC) Labs, as well as interacted over lunch with the TI engineers.
“Supporting quality STEM education is a top priority for TI, because we know that most students need solid math and science skills for their future career success,” said Dave Heacock, senior vice president and manager of TI's Silicon Valley Analog.
“And the future of our company, community and society depend on building an effective K-12 and higher education ecosystem for innovation to thrive.”
TI, which acquired National Semiconductor in September, continued the partnership with The Greene Scholars Program that Santa Clara site employees have been involved with for more than a decade. This year, the TI team of engineers enhanced the Summer Science Institute experience by incorporating a theme of innovation and developing a cohesive curriculum.
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