In October 2016, Tokyo Electron America -Austin campus hosted over 30 students for SEMI High Tech U. Students joined from high schools all around the area for a 3-day "high-tech career exploration program." We have sponsored and partnered with SEMI High Tech U for many years, but this was the first time we hosted the event on one of its campuses in America.
Students of SEMI High Tech U participate in fun, hands-on learning, related to math and science. Our employees were invited to instruct each different lesson in the program. On day 1 of the 3-day course, students kicked off the program learning about career pathways and education. In this exercise, students took a quick personality test to determine the type of worker they may be in a real-world scenario. Once grouped with other students who scored similarly, the teams would research college majors, jobs and career paths that were more common for people of their same personality. The students also received a presentation on how semiconductor technology relates to everyday technology and future technology, followed by a tour of the training building to see examples of our products. In that same afternoon, students simulated a microchip layering process, took medieval catapult technology to learn about quality, and later learned how to apply chemistry by turning on lightbulbs using salt water.
On day 2 of the program, students visited Texas State University-San Marcos where real university professors talked to them about the importance of continuing their education and what steps to take to make sure they stay on their own career path. The students took a tour of the campus and learned more about the process of applying for, and attending, a university and got a real-life look at what being a college student could look like. Additionally, a glass-bottom-boat tour was arranged for the students where they got a quick biology and geography lecture.
The final day was filled with collaboration and communication skills as the students were given their biggest group project of the week, having to think critically and problem solve to propose ways of using technology to improve environmental issues in third-world countries. The students were responsible for researching their given regions and use their presentation skills to explain how their groups proposed to solve the issues. Later the students were really put to the test when they conducted mock-interviews with TEL employee volunteers after learning more about interview preparation and techniques.
At the graduation ceremony two students were voted by their peers as class ambassadors and were awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship from us.