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Buenaventura Section: STEM Career Night

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015


The IEEE Buenaventura Section and EMBS chapter joined the American Association of University Women and the California Lutheran University on Feb 10 to organize a STEM Career Night that attracted 250 middle school, high school, and college students and parents. The event started in late afternoon with an opportunity for Biomedical Engineering students from CLU to ask questions about finding internships and jobs to the panelists and other industry professionals. The evening then opened to three talks about the jobs of the future, what background and schooling is needed for  STEM professions, and what it is really like to work in science careers. The panel included Pat Jacobs, President and CEO of Advanced Personnel Profiles, Vivienne Payne, PhD, scientist at Jet Propulsion Lab and Nathalie Gosset, Sr. Dir. of Market and Technology Evaluation at AMI USC.  CLU Professors Robert Rumer and Craig Reinhart facilitated the Q&A sessions  with the biomedical engineering students. Jacobs, Gosset, Rumer, and Reinhart are active officers with the IEEE Buenaventura Section.


Micron Technology Foundation Helps Transport the Discovery Center of Idaho Into a New Era of Hands-On STEM Learning

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

 Micron Technology Foundation Helps Transport the Discovery Center of Idaho Into a New Era of Hands-On STEM Learning



BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Discovery Center of Idaho today announced it has received a $330,000 gift from the Micron Technology Foundation to fund capital upgrades and underwrite the next exhibitions designed and built on-site. The Discovery Center’s workshop, where exhibitions that engage learners take shape, is slated for a complete renovation in 2015 and will be named the Micron Innovation Exhibit Lab.

“When missions align and long-term partnerships form, incredible things happen for this community,” said Discovery Center Executive Director Kristine Barney. “We are extremely grateful for the Micron Foundation’s gift to expand our in-house exhibit development capacity. This incredibly generous investment affirms our vision and launches our master plan for Discovery Center 2.0 by helping us improve our exhibits, facility, programming, and visitor experience.”

With the hiring of renowned Exhibits Director Eric Miller earlier this year, the Discovery Center is set to regain its leadership position among national hands-on science centers. The Micron Foundation’s gift, the single largest private contribution to the Discovery Center, will make possible the modernization of facilities and exhibits. As it takes shape, the Micron Innovation Exhibit Lab will be the birthplace of two exhibitions slated to open at the Discovery Center later in 2015.

“This grant will move the Discovery Center’s mission and visitor experience forward. More than ever, it will be a place capable of sparking a passion for science discovery, helping to inspire and develop the next-generation of engineers and scientists,” said Dee Mooney, executive director of the Micron Foundation.

This gift comes at the perfect time, as the Discovery Center has just proven the potential of exhibitions designed and built by Miller. Launch It! opened Dec. 20 to rave reviews and record attendance. Miller is a seasoned exhibition designer, fabricator, space planner and leader who specializes in conceptualizing and building highly interactive and experiential science exhibitions and learning environments.

About the Discovery Center of Idaho

Now in its 26th year, the Discovery Center is the state’s premier hands-on science education center, offering exhibits for kids and adults alike. Recently featured as one of Conde Nast Traveler’s 10 Best U.S. Museums for Kids (and Kids at Heart) and always a local family favorite, the Discovery Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and math.

About Micron Foundation

The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), is committed to the advancement of education and local communities. The Micron Foundation partners with educators to spark a passion in youth for science, technology, engineering and math; engineers the future for students; and enriches the communities through strategic giving where team members live, work and volunteer. To learn more, visit

CONTACT: Kristine Barney

         Discovery Center of Idaho

         (208) 287-4230


         Daniel Francisco

         Micron Technology

         (208) 368-5584



EA Insight – IEEE Educational Activities Newsletter

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

For those interested in educational activities, the IEEE Educational Activities group produces a regular newsletter, the EA Insight.  You can find it here:


Engineering of the Future – Expect Awesome Jobs! .

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Inspiration for the next generation of engineers from our Buenaventura Section.  Thanks to Audrey Askegard for creating this wonderful video! Future Engineers







What K-12 STEM Activities Is Your Section Doing?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


Is your section involved in any K-12 STEM activities?  If you haven’t already or if you have added new activities, please send me the information on these activities in your section.  I need to hear from you by October 10, 2013. 

As the Region 6 IEEE-USA K-12 STEM Literacy Committee member, I am continuing to compile a list of STEM activities that your sections are doing.   Please send the information to me at

If you have any questions about starting a STEM Outreach program, please feel free to contact me also.

Here is a list of the activity I have so far: 

  • Future City Competition – Seattle, Fort Huachuca, Phoenix
  • SMART Competition – Phoenix
  • First Robotics – Fort Huachuca, Phoenix
  • First Lego League – Fort Huachuca, Phoenix
  • MathCOUNTS – Foothills, Phoenix
  • Boy Scout merit badge qualification programs – Phoenix
  • Girl Scout STEM career presentations/workshops
  • E-Week displays at Science Centers
  • SciTech Festival involvement
  • Support of 4-H programs
  • School visits (speaking to various student groups/grade levels) about what engineers do, STEM/CTE areas of interest, etc.
  • TISP and other teacher outreach programs (including IEEE-Phoenix Section Arizona Science Lab)
  • Engineering4kidsUSA – Orange County
  • Intel ISEF – Oregon, Santa Clara Valley, Oakland East Bay, San Francisco, Buenaventura, Phoenix
  • Robotics Summer Camp at University of Alaska-Anchorage – Alaska
  • CyberPatrior – Hawaii, Fort Huachuca
  • Science Olympiad – Phoenix
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