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February 2020


Date: Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA


The IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) hosted its STEM Outreach event on February 6th at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. The day was packed with several hands-on technical activities, career exploration, and industry engagement. Nine local high schools attended bringing 193 students and 30 educators from: Mission Hills High School, Morse High School, North County Trade Tech High School, San Marcos High School, E3 Civic High School, Point Loma High School, Otay Ranch High School, Mount Miguel High School and Otay Ranch High School - Girls in STEM.

Twice as many students were able to participate in this year’s event with educational tracks that focused on soldering, PCB design, and building circuits with bread boards. Perhaps even more impactful, the students were able to engage with industry professionals during the career panel discussion and tour of the IPC APEX EXPO show floor.  The career panel discussion was moderated by John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO. Several students asked questions to a diverse group of industry professionals who provided answers often prompting other professionals in the room to share their experiences.

We reached out to students and teachers who participated in the event. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Here are just a few of the comments we received from students.

We are truly grateful to our event sponsors who supported and participated in the day’s activities. The student participation, awards, and giveaways were made possible through the generous support of Foxconn Interconnect Industries, Nordson, Panasonic, TTM Technologies, Weller Apex Tools, and IConnect-007.


“The event gave me a better understanding in the field of digital electronics and opened my eyes to other aspects of the subject.” - Yrvin, Otay Ranch High School

“This event heightened my interest in the engineering industry as well as opened my eyes up to options in industrial design and how it works alongside electrical engineering.”- Brandon, Mission Hills High School

“I learned another part in the electronics engineering profession and I am now more knowledgeable about the industry. I know that this is a possible career path that I can go down in my future.”- Aaron, Otay Ranch High School

November 2019

Hands-on Soldering Activity STEM Experience

November 13, 2019

The McKimmon Conference and Training Center at NC State | Raleigh, NC

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Hands-on Soldering Activity STEM Experience

November 7, 2019

Rosedale Technical College | Pittsburgh, PA

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October 2019

Hands-on Soldering Activity STEM Experience

October 24, 2019

STI Electronics, Inc. | Madison, AL 

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September 2019

Hands-on Soldering Activity STEM Experience

September 26, 2019

Maine South High School | Park Ridge, IL

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July 2019

STEM Forum and Expo (NSTA)

San Fransico, CA | July 24-26, 2019

June 2019

IPC Summercon

Raleigh, NC | June 15-20, 2019


ISTE Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA | June 23-26, 2019 

Skills USA Louisville

Louisville, KY | June 25-27, 2019

May 2019

TechEd Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee, WI | May 7, 2019


IPC High Reliability Forum

Hanover, MD | May 14-16, 2019


IPC IMPACT Washington, DC

Washington, DC | May 21, 2019


Del Mar Electronics and Manufacturing Show

San Diego, CA | May 1-2, 2019

NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers

Detroit, MI | May 27-31, 2019

April 2019

Del Mar Electronics and Manufacturing Show

Detroit, MI | April 24-27, 2019

FIRST© Championship: Houston

Houston, TX | April 17-20, 2019 

FIRST© Championship: Detroit

Detroit, MI | April 24-27, 2019 

Webinar: Oregon Institute of Technology

Apr 2, 2019 4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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National Robotics Challenge: Marion, Ohio

Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019

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February 2019

Campus Visit: UIC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Science and Engineering Offices (SEO) 1000

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Campus Visit: Triton College

February 6, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM 

2000 Fifth Avenue, Bldg. T Room River Grove, IL 60171

January 2019


January 31, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

The IPC Education Foundation will host 100 high school students at the premiere electronics manufacturing and assembly industry conference. Students will receive group instruction on hand-soldering and the opportunity to solder a component onto a printed circuit board (PCB) using a professional soldering station. Students will also get the opportunity to tour the show floor and learn how vibrant and innovative our industry is.

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