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Katie Carl, Mission Hills High School teacher
Kelly Dack: You’re the teacher of about 30 students who are here for the IPC STEM Student Outreach Program, touring the show floor. We’re doing a walking interview because we have to keep an eye on the students (laughs). What have the reactions of your students been?
Katie Carl: They’re all really interested. We have a wide range of students, so some have heard about and seen these types of technologies, but others have not. It’s really neat to see their responses.
Dack: What are their ages and grades?
Carl: Most of them are grades 10 through 12, so they’re about 15–18 years old.
Dack: Do you think you’re planting any seeds of technology? Are we looking at future Elon Musks?
Carl: Definitely. Again, we have a wide range of kids. All of them have some sort of interest in technology, which is why they wanted to come in general. It’s neat when they start seeing how these technologies are created because a lot of them have seen robotics or have done a tiny bit of soldering with little circuits, but when they can see how those things are built and created in the industry, it makes it more applicable for them.
Dack: Thanks for all you do as a teacher.
Carl: Thank you.
This brief interview appears in the 2020 edition of Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO Show & Tell Magazine.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Örebro, Sweden on June 15 brought a bright and early start to Day 2 of the EIPC Summer Conference for those who had enjoyed the previous evening’s networking dinner, but had resisted the temptation to over-indulge or to carry on their long-awaited catch-up conversations with old friends into the small hours. All but a few were in their seats for 9 a.m., awake and attentive for Session 4 of the conference, on the theme of new process technologies, moderated by Martyn Gaudion, CEO of Polar Instruments.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
At last, a live EIPC conference and this time in the Swedish city of Örebro, “where history and contemporary culture converge,” a pleasant and convenient location for an event that included a privileged visit to the Ericsson facility in Kumla. Around 100 delegates made the journey and the Örebro Scandic Grand Hotel was an excellent conference venue for the June 14-15 conference.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Market news was certainly big this week. While the U.S. stock market continues make some large swings, the PCB and PCBA are doing their own dance with the numbers. We’re still feeling the effects of the pandemic, but it seems to be more about playing catch up. Still, the industry is showing some instability, both in positive and negative ways.