Past Events

Hands-on Soldering Activity

Career Paths in Electronics - Panel Discussion 2021

November 11, 2021 | 1 PM - 2:30 PM

Description: The IPC Education Foundation will host a panel of engineers and business leaders for 90-minutes to engage high school and college students considering a career in the electronics manufacturing industry, ranging from Aviation/Aerospace, Computing Equipment/Devices, Electronics Design, Industrial (Manufacturing), Materials/Chemicals, Medical, Military/Defense, and Semiconductors.


February 6th, 2020 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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


Hands-on Soldering Activity STEM Experience

Participating Schools: Fuquay Varina High School, Cary High School, Lufkin Road High School, East Wake High School, Middle Creek High School, Rosedale Technical College, Maine South High School

Overview of Event: The IPC Education Foundation and PCB Carolina share Project Owl with students. These students built a circuit board with more than 20 components including an USB connector that allows the board to be programmed and tested.

Students learned: Component Identification, Component Function, Electronics Assembly, Soldering Basics, Circuit Basics


Hands-on Soldering Activity Gallery


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.

2019 Event Gallery