Grade 10 girls get a “taste
of electronics 2006 ” at Camosun College
Local Grade 10 girls discovered what it takes
to be an Electronics Engineering Technologist after they
spend a day creating electronic jewelry at Camosun College’s
4th annual “Taste of Electronics” event, Monday,
December 4, from 8.45 am to 2 pm in Technology Centre room
204 at Interurban Campus, 4461 Interurban Road.
“The number of female students in post-secondary
technology programs continues to be extremely low, despite
the fact that electronics engineering and computer engineering
make excellent careers for both women and men,” says
Joyce van de Vegte, an electronics engineering instructor
at Camosun College and one of the few in her field. “Technologists
have fantastic job prospects. For students who want to go
further, our technology programs bridge directly to third
year of engineering at the University of Victoria.”
Camosun College graduates only two or three
female technology students each year. That’s why more
than 30 female Grade 10 students from the Greater Victoria,
Saanich, Sooke and Gulf Islands school districts have been
invited to attend the learning event sponsored by Camosun
College, the Foundation for Education and Advancement in
Technology (FEAT) and Queale Electronics.
The participants will spend the day soldering
together and programming a flashing LED project to take
home. Some students in the past have used the fruits of
their labours as jewellery, while others have created Christmas
decorations. The LED design as well as the flashing pattern
and rate can be personalized.
“We want to take the mystery out of
what it means to be an engineer,” adds van de Vegte.
“The word ‘technology’ may mean something
else in high school, like drafting, welding or auto mechanics.
At the college level, technology means something else entirely.
An electronics technologist is a graduate of an academically
intensive two-year program that covers skills in electronics
hardware and software.”
“We are inviting Grade 10 girls in hopes
that some exposure to these fields may influence their course
choices in senior high school,” she says.
High school students must complete English
12, Principles of Math 12 and Physics 11 in order to enroll
in a technology program at Camosun College. The prerequisites
to these courses begin in Grade 10 and 11. Students can
also upgrade their prerequisites at Camosun if needed.
“The future job prospects for technologists
and engineers are extensive and there’s lots of room
for females who have an interest in math and science,”
adds van de Vegte. “Technologists work in a variety
of high tech areas including embedded microcontroller design,
robotic systems and wireless communications.”
Many thanks to Camosun’s sponsors for
their generous contributions: Queale Electronics and the
Foundation for the Educational Advancement of Technology