Tech Titans STEM camp drives interest in tech fields
Tech Titans recently hosted one of their largest STEM camps of the summer at Coppell ISD’s Richard Lee Elementary School with the help of volunteers from member organizations such as AT&T and Ericsson. Students learned about the unique and exciting challenges that occur in STEM fields when designing an autonomous vehicle.
“This is a really great opportunity to teach kids about all of the interesting [fields] in STEM,” said Dave Galley, director of STEM workforce initiatives at Tech Titans.
Students were divided up into four breakout rooms, where small groups each decided how to design a safe and smart autonomous vehicle, confronting challenges related to fields like cybersecurity and the internet of things.
“[The students] gained a new appreciation for the significance of the changes coming” to cars, said volunteer Brian White.
The camp is part of a broader effort Tech Titans has made to bolster STEM education in the North Texas region.
“STEM education is important if we want to build a robust and talented workforce in North Texas,” said Bob Hill, vice chair of talent at Tech Titans. “This is just one in a series of camps throughout the region to show students how great STEM fields can be.”
Many of the volunteers at the camp work in technology fields and witness firsthand the need for more talent.
“Hiring technical employees continues to be a challenge,” said White. “If our kids want to join the wave of opportunity ahead in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous cars… then we need to prepare them early.”