Inspiring Students about Careers in High Tech

Dec102010

Applied Materials South East Asia (AMSEA) hosted 50 high school students from the United Arab Emirates as part of the SEMI High Tech U program in Singapore, co-sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Government’s investment corporation, the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Applied Materials. This is the first time that students from the Middle East have participated in this project and AMSEA was glad to have the opportunity to introduce students to the high tech industry and excite them about opportunities in the future.

A three-day program, the unique industry-education partnership model of SEMI High Tech U aims to encourage students to stay in school; take math, science and technology classes and excite them about a career in the high tech industry.

The students at Applied Materials attempted to break the world record for the “Human Calculator Game” following a morning of classroom learning about different logic gates to understand the building blocks of a digital circuit and most importantly, that complex operations can be performed through different combinations of a simple logic gate. They also wore “bunny suits” and entered the AMSEA Asia Production Center for a tour- and to understand the operations of a high tech manufacturing operation.

When asked if the hassle of gowning up was worth it, all 50 students replied with a resounding “YES!”

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