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Major Taiwanese Semiconductor Company Plans Giant Facility in Arizona

By Jeff Gifford – Digital Editor, Phoenix Business Journal
May 14, 2020

The world’s largest contract silicon chip manufacturer will spend about $12 billion on a massive advanced semiconductor factory in Phoenix, bringing more than 1,600 jobs to Arizona.

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Viasat Works With University of Arizona Engineering Students to Bring Off-Grid Wi-Fi Connection to Remote Communities

May 13, 2020

Viasat lent its support to University of Arizona senior engineering students to help them create an Off-Grid Community Wi-fi Terminal to deliver internet access to remote locations. The initiative was part of a yearlong project for the students to fulfill the requirement for their Engineering Senior Design Day.

Viasat provided the students with an existing Community Wi-Fi terminal, and the students then designed and built an integrated power system in a portable package. The students designed their system to operate in difficult environments and be powered by renewable energy – all in a low-cost, rugged package.

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SciTech Institute  Launches Online Resource Directory for Finding STEM Activities

Comprehensive Guide Helps Parents Keep Children Engaged With Learning
SciTech Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its online STEM Resource Directory designed to help parents find quality educational resources and support students learning at home. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closing of schools, but that doesn’t mean learning should stop.
 
Fortunately, organizations across Arizona and the nation have created resources to support online learning. However, finding and sorting through all the resources available can be challenging. To assist families in navigating the web to find quality, vetted resources, SciTech Institute developed a comprehensive Resource Directory compiling the educational opportunities in a single place, organized clearly by audience and topic. The directory offers families access to a wealth of engaging content in an easy-to-navigate format that is fun to search and explore.

The Resource Directory features engaging and interactive content from leading local and national organizations, and includes several advanced manufacturing activities, such as how to build a robot and make paper airplanes. Organizations and companies are encouraged to submit their STEM activities to be included in this Resource Directory, so they, too, can be readily available and easily accessible to the public.
 
Take advantage of SciTech Institute’s new STEM Resource Directory to enhance your homeschooling lessons. With this tool, kids can continue to build their skills and knowledge, so they’ll return to school in the fall without missing a step.

Taking High-Tech to New Heights in Arizona

By Business Facilities Staff | April 22, 2020

Some define advanced manufacturing as the creation of a technologically-complex product, while others define it as the innovative processes used to improve a simple product or create a new, more efficient product. Actually, it’s both. Advanced manufacturing is the integration of new innovative technologies in both products and processes. It’s changing the industry, its outputs and the workforce it requires

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ASU Researcher Adds a New Dimension to Semiconductor Manufacturing

By Monique Clement | April 24, 2020

Bruno Azeredo’s work to develop a new method of 3D manufacturing for tiny, complex semiconductor devices earned an NSF CAREER Award.

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UA, NAU Team Using Exoskeleton to Improve Mobility for Kids With Cerebral Palsy

By Bridget Dowd | April 23, 2020

Physical activity is a key part of healthy development, but for children with cerebral palsy, movement is more difficult. That means they can lose mobility as they grow and, in some cases, require a wheelchair.
But an interdisciplinary team at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University is using robotics to help improve mobility of those with the movement disorder.

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Willcox High School Senior Recognized by Junior Achievement

By Luke Kauffman – Special to the Arizona Range News
April 27, 2020

Willcox senior Laura Dunham, 18, has won a 2020 Junior Achievement 18 Under 18 Award for teaching young students basic robotics. The award recognizes Arizona students who have “started nonprofits, built small businesses, created networks and solved problems.”

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Making Robots Accessible to All

By Erik Wirtanen | March 30, 2020

Daniel Aukes is working to make it possible to fabricate robots in a matter of hours with the use of rapid prototyping tools like laser cutting and 3D printing with help from a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award.

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