IEEE Societies and Councils Support the Next Generation of Engineers

Thanks to scholarships from these groups, students are able to learn about careers in STEM

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Attendees of the 2018 IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute program.
Attendees of the 2018 IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute program held at the Vaughn College of Aeronautic Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, in East Elmhurst, N.Y.
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THE INSTITUTEThe IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute tagline—“Give us two weeks, and we'll give you a new definition of what it means to be an engineer”— encapsulates the purpose of this IEEE initiative: to entice students to explore academic and career paths in STEM. Realizing the importance of attracting and training future engineers, IEEE societies and councils are supporting the Summer Institute by sponsoring scholarships for attendees.

The Summer Institute introduces students entering grades 8 through 12 to the exciting fields of engineering and technology during a two-week on-campus program. The IEEE-designed curriculum combines team-based, hands-on design projects, guest speakers, academic preparation tips, and field visits.

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A chart showing the timeline of when a transistor was invented and when it was commercialized.
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