STAM Center hosts second annual Summer Outreach Program

Members of the STAM Center lab pose with outreach program participants.

The Secure, Trusted and Assured Microelectronics, or STAM, Center hosted their second annual Summer Outreach workshop June 5–8 to introduce high school students to microelectronics, electronics and robotics programming. The four-day workshop welcomed 17 high school students, ranging from first-year students to seniors, from schools across Greater Phoenix including Desert Vista High School, BASIS Goodyear, Dobson High School and Mount Graham High School, among others. 

During the workshop, students learned about concepts including Ohm’s Law, simple electrical circuits, microcontroller input and output control and embedded programming, and constructed light-controlled robotic cars. To conclude the event, the students raced their creations to determine who developed the best robotic car. Scott Swenson, a student from Corona del Sol High School, received first place with additional awards including Most Innovative and Best Construction awarded to Jacob Gessing of ASU Prep Digital and Carla Flores of Safford High School. Winners and participants received Sun Devils souvenir items.

The event was led by members of the STAM Center including Director and Associate Professor Michel A. Kinsy, Assistant Research Professor Alan Ehret, staff members Wendy Johnson, Marijosse Tostado and José Moreno and graduate student trainees Peter Moore, Vishal Gupta and Yash Mehta.