Science summer school
On Board Online • September 4, 2017
By Barbara Bennett
Several dozen Capital Region high school students took advantage of a free, three-day summer camp that focused on careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Taught by volunteer professionals who work in the high technology industry, students participated in a variety of hands-on activities that exposed them to the intricacies and critical thinking needed for STEM-related jobs.
Activities included exploring how solar power can be used to improve daily life in the developing world, chemistry experiments to learn about conductivity and connectivity, how microchips and solar chips are manufactured and how the flow of electrons as binary numbers translate into decimals.
The annual SEMI High Tech U program was coordinated by Capital Region BOCES' Career and Technical Education Center (CTE) and three local business and education partners - Tec-Smart in Malta, a division of Global Foundries, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).
Students met at the CTE campus in Albany and BOCES bused them to the different locations each day. On Board spent the day at Tec-Smart to observe their activities.