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News from the Career and Technical Center

SEMI High Tech U offers students a competitive edge, broadens horizons  

 

Hosted by Capital Region BOCES, this year's camp drew more than 30 area students

Students hear a presentation on light engineering while sitting in a lighting lab/conference room at RPI

SEMI High Tech U offers students a competitive edge, broadens horizons  

"Attending SEMI High Tech U was one of the things that really solidified for me that I want to go into computer science," said 2014 SEMI High Tech U graduate Tanner Mauro.

Maura, a 2017 graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, is attending Northeastern University in the fall for computer science. He and fellow 2014 SEMI High Tech U attendee Fatima Syed, who is a senior in the Bethlehem Central School District, are ambassadors for this year's camp and accompanied attendees to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Thursday, where they were immersed in the many facets of engineering.

"It broadened my horizons. It exposed me to different fields of engineering and public health that I wouldn't have otherwise known about," said Syed.

Hosted by Capital Region BOCES, this year's camp drew 33 students from the Capital Region BOCES and Questar III regions. The three-day SEMI High Tech U camp started Wednesday at Tec-Smart in Malta, was held Thursday at RPI and concluded Friday with a day at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).

The camp exposes students to the importance of STEM through fun and interactive, hands-on activities that take place at high-tech industry and university sites. Taught by industry volunteers, students learn in an atmosphere that fosters curiosity and encourages questions.

"It's something to entertain and educate us over the summer and expose us to technology. Summer can get very boring otherwise," said Christiana Gearing, who attended the camp from the Chatham Central School District.

"I'm interested in science and computers so this made sense to me," said Meena Mall, a student from North Colonie. "It's interesting."Students present to fellow campers.

Fellow attendees praised the experience and knowledge they learned and the edge it gives them when it comes to college applications.

"It offers good STEM opportunities and experiences that will look good down the road when I go to college," said Jack Schiavo of Niskayuna. "It's always good to get involved and learn something new over the summer."

Top photo, students hear a presentation on light engineering while sitting in a lighting lab/conference room at RPI.

Middle photo, students present to fellow campers.

Bottom photo, students make microchips at Tec-Smart.

 

 

 

Students make microchips at Semi-Tec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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