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42 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2020 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE The Success of IPC's STEM Student Outreach Program by Charlene Gunter du Plessis IPC EDUCATION FOUNDATION The IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) hosted its STEM Student Outreach Event on February 6 at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. Nine local high schools attended bringing 193 students and 30 educators from Mission Hills High School, Morse High School, North County Trade Tech High School, Saint Mar- cos High School, E3 Civic High School, Point Loma High School, Otay Ranch High School, Mount Miguel High School, Otay Ranch High School—Girls in STEM. Twice as many students were able to par- ticipate this year, and each participating high school received a $1,000 grant and solder- ing station to enhance STEM-related learning at their school. The student participation and awards were made possible through the gen- erous support of our event sponsors: Foxconn Interconnect Industries, Nordson, Panasonic, TTM Technologies, Weller Apex Tools, and I-Connect007. We are truly grateful for their support and participation in the day's activities. The day was packed with several hands-on technical activities, career exploration, and industry engagement. The students partici- pated in educational tracks with a focus on soldering, PCB design, and building circuits with breadboards. The IPC Education Founda- tion believes that these kinds of activities raise awareness of the skills needed and opportuni- ties available in the electronics manufacturing industry. Perhaps even more impactful, the students were able to engage with industry profession- als during the career panel discussion and tour Each participating high school received a $1,000 grant from the IPCEF.

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