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Chip Camp: A High School Outreach Program

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Pre-College and ECE Education

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8.295.1 - 8.295.9



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Gary Goff

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Elizabeth McCullough Kansas State University

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Marilyn Barger Hillsborough Community College

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Session 3532

Tech 4’s Chip Camp, a Model for Program for High School Teachers

Marilyn Barger, Gary Goff, Elizabeth McCullough Hillsborough Community College


For nearly 5 years the Tech 4 Educational Consortium, a unit of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, has sponsored “Chip Camps” for high school teachers. Over 700 teachers from schools along the Interstate 4 Corridor that runs from Tampa on the west coast through Orlando to Daytona Beach on the east coast have attended the camp. The two-day camp has a basic schedule that allows for variations to fit the local community where it is offered. The intended audience is primarily high school mathematics, science, computer science and technology teachers and curriculum specialists. The overarching goal of the event is to provide the teacher with information about the electronic microchip industry from the background science, the manufacturing or fabrication processes, employee qualifications for technical staff including technicians, operators, engineers, etc., and career opportunities and business forecasts.

Tech 4’s Chip Camps continue to be well received by teachers in central Florida. This paper will review the program of a typical Chip Camp, emphasizing the flexible elements to allow for local talent and industry expertise to be included in the agenda and share the results of the teacher survey. Additionally, it will contrast the 2-day teacher format to the one-day Counselor Camp that the Consortium has also developed. Finally, the paper will share the plans for the future of Tech-4 Chip Camp in the current changing economic times.

The Educational Consortium

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) is a semi-governmental institution whose mission is to support and foster community environments that are attractive to high technology businesses and industries considering moving to Florida. To support the workforce capacity aspect of this mission, the FHTCC developed the Tech 4 Educational Consortium to focus on workforce development for these high technology industries. This Consortium is made up of representatives from the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida, community colleges from across the region, Career Connections Initiatives, the state's Welfare to Work program and area high tech companies. This group meets quarterly at various locations across the state. The original “chip camp” and the upcoming “Tech Camps” have been one of the consortium’s major projects since its inception.

Tech 4 also works on the development of degrees and programs designed to train local students for jobs in the high tech arena. This includes an Associate of Science degree in Manufacturing Quality Technology at St. Petersburg College; an Associate of Science degree in Manufacturing Technology at Hillsborough Community College; programs focused on the field of Modeling, Simulation & Training at Daytona Beach Community College; and a two plus two program in Photonics at Valencia Community College.

Proceedings for the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition. Copyright © 2003, American Society of Engineering Education

Goff, G., & McCullough, E., & Barger, M. (2003, June), Chip Camp: A High School Outreach Program Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12625

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