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Maxim Engineers Give Real-World Experience to PREP Students


Maxim Engineers Give Real-World Experience to PREP Students 


On Monday, July 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., a group of middle school students from the Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) will learn first-hand from Maxim Integrated on how everyday items they use such as smartphones, tablets, computers and medical devices are created using science, technology engineering and math (STEM).  

Four senior engineers from Maxim Integrated in San Antonio will give a lecture and then conduct an experiment with 81 kids in PREP, hosted at Northwest Vista College . The experiment will be directly linked to the Logic course that the students have been studying this summer.  The event will take place in the Black Box theater in the Palmetto Center for the Arts .  

The goal of the summer program is to expose and attract youth to STEM disciplines. Maxim engineers will introduce students to the semiconductor field, the future of this industry and the employment opportunities that will become available to today’s youth. A special emphasis will be placed on the importance of a STEM-based education, which is needed to be successful in this industry.    

Maxim is a Fortune 1,000 company with a manufacturing site in San Antonio with over 500 employees.  

PREP began 35 years ago at UTSA to encourage middle and high school students, especially minorities and female students, to pursue careers in the STEM fields. The academically-intense curriculum, which teaches abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills, is delivered over four summers. In 1979, UTSA launched PREP with 44 students. This summer, more than 1,300 middle and high school students are participating in PREP programs at nine local university campuses.