SEMI High Tech U –2013 Summer Highlights
On June 17-19, the SEMI Foundation delivered its 5th SEMI High Tech U program in Pocatello, Idaho. It was the 145th HTU delivered by SEMI. Program sponsors provided monetary and in-kind donations, as well as on-site space and resources. Workforce and education leaders volunteered their time. Program hosts and sponsors hosted teachers for hands-on activities and site tours, giving teachers the opportunity to learn about the diverse high-tech career and education opportunities available in their community.
This SEMI High Tech U was unique in that it was a part of a larger initiative in Idaho called i-STEM, a coordinated state-wide effort by the State Department of Education, Idaho Professional-Technical Education, educators, businesses, and industry to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. i-STEM summer institutes were held at five locations throughout Idaho, and focused on enhancing the participants’ STEM teaching capacity. By partnering the SEMI HTU curriculum with the i-STEM program, teachers experienced a unique, intensive look at the high-tech industry, and gained valuable tools and teaching lessons to bring back to their classrooms.
July 11th students from the Silicon Valley participated in a reunion at SEMICON West. Students were hosted at the Advantest, Nikon and Ultratech booths for a brief company introduction and presentation. At lunch KeyPoint Credit Union gave the students a fun-filled, informative presentation on banking.
On July 15-16, 2013 the SEMI Foundation delivered its fourth SEMI High Tech U – Teacher Edition in the Albany, New York region. NYSUT provided monetary and in-kind donations, as well as on-site space and resources. Workforce and education leaders volunteered their time. NYSUT hosted teachers and GLOBALFOUNDRIES provided a site tour, giving teachers the opportunity to learn about the diverse high-tech career and education opportunities available in their community.
High Tech U exceeded all program goals. Highlights of the program include the industry tour and hands-on activities. Survey metrics convey the increase in industry knowledge among participants from day one to completion of the High Tech U, as well as the increase in knowledge about educational requirements to prepare students for a post-secondary education in high tech.