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High School Math, Science Teachers Discover Engineering at UTA

June 17, 2004

Fifty teachers from area high schools will participate in an innovative series of lectures in Arlington during June and July in an effort to improve the teachers’ presentation skills for electronics-related topics. The group will tour The University of Texas at Arlington College of Engineering’s electrical engineering and nanotechnology labs June 30 and July 1.

The program is titled the Advanced Summer Institute for Educators and is coordinated by the DFW Semiconductor Executive Council, a coalition of the Greater Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth Chambers of Commerce, nine electronics companies and the three local workforce development boards. In addition to UTA, teachers will also view lectures and demonstrations at National Semiconductor and Tarrant County College’s Southeast Campus.

The program is designed to provide math and science teachers with an overview of semiconductors and integrated circuits and an introduction to technical and pre-engineering courses and the institutions that conduct them. Though highly technical, the topics will be presented at a fundamental level and will give teachers hands-on applications that can be used in their classrooms and knowledge of career opportunities in engineering.

Electrical Engineering Associate Professor J. C. Chiao is coordinating the activities at UTA and is enthusiastic about the program. “The teachers will learn something they can use with their students,” Chiao said, “And, through the teachers, UTA’s engineering expertise gets exposed to thousands of prospective students.”

The Advanced Summer Institute began last year after a survey discovered that only one percent of high school students knew what a semiconductor was, and many didn't understand the importance of engineering and its relevance to technology. The United States needs 100,000 new engineers each year, but only 65,000 will graduate from the nation's engineering programs.