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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 (FEAT).

 

 


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