What is the IMS2014 STEM Program?

This program will center on a day of fun and informational activities in association with the June 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS). The focus day for this activity will be Thursday, 5 June 2014 at and around the Tampa Bay Convention Center.

Optional Additional Activities: Explore MOSI (Tuesday, 3 June 2014), Fun at Busch Gardens (Wednesday, 4 June 2014).

Goals for the program are as follows:

1. To introduce students to Microwave Electronics (technology/careers/networking) through a Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM)-focused “day at a conference” experience.
2. To integrate university/industry educational engagement with technical speakers, hands-on activities, informational tables, and exhibition tour.

3. To create an opportunity for quality interaction between potential future engineers and scientists (theand practicing engineers and college students in the interesting and engaging setting of an international engineering event.

Target Audience: The target audience will be a group of approximately 50 interested and motivated teen students, with a primary audience of high-school age students interested in careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).Middle-school & College Freshman may also apply and will be also considered for participation. In addition, we would like to involve a pool of 5 to 10 high school and middle-school teachers in the program. The program is open to children of IMS attendees traveling with parents, as well as students from local public/private high schools and home schools.

Requirements: All participants need so submit an application and (teens) a parental release form and must able to commit a full day to the planned activities. A selection committee will choose the actual participants based on information on the application form (including description of academic interests and extra-curricular STEM activities) and space availability.

Contact General Information: Reinheirts

Sponsorship Contact: Susan

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How You Can Help: We will be looking for corporate sponsorship and industry speaker/information table participation, college student mentors , MS/HS teacher mentors, and young engineer mentors, and 2-3 participating universities to send a speaker and setup and information table or booth. Of course we also need a nice pool of interested and enthusiastic teenagers and teachers to hang out with us for a day, learn about microwaves and other related science and engineering fields.

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