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DECEMBER 2021 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 55 member. We realize it's very difficult in COVID times to do that because you're not on campus. So, how is it possible? To grow a student club or organization, it's all about that connection: "Hey, you need to join this, it's like connecting with your peers." COIVD made it so hard and distant. We have opened it up to have an indi- vidual member join so that it's not chapter-re- lated, and we have seen an uptake on that. is means that anyone currently at the ter- tiary side of education, post-high school, can join. Hopefully they'll be so inspired by the great things they can do once they are in and part of the network that they will eventually start a chapter at a school, if they joined with- out having a chapter. Matties: is has been really good. Any final thoughts for the upcoming STEM event at IPC APEX EXPO? Gunter du Plessis: On ursday, January 27, anyone is welcome to pop in where we are hosting the event and find out about volun- teering. Maybe someone would be interested to be part of the roundtable discussion, help students to solder the pin; join in the fun. It's an open event. Hopefully we can do something on a smaller or a larger scale in some of our in- dustry members' backyards, if that is some- thing that they want to get involved in. Matties: Great. And if somebody is interest- ed in sponsoring, what should they do? What does a sponsorship entail? Gunter du Plessis: Currently the sponsorship document can be downloaded from ipcef. org. We also take in-kind donations. If they're willing to sponsor a T-shirt that's branded with their logo, if they want to donate a water bottle or anything of some sort to support the students, just in general, to get their brand out, we are open to that. We have premier sponsorships at $5,000 and then collaborating sponsorships that range between $2,500 and $1,000. Matties: anks to you and your team for all the important work you are doing. Gunter du Plessis: ank you. SMT007

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