MINATEC works closely with local and regional governments, Grenoble-based science-education group CCSTI, and local school boards to develop community education and outreach programs about micro and nanotechnologies.
The programs can take a variety of forms. MINATEC regularly sends experts to local schools to give talks and hosts class trips to the campus so that students can discover the world of scientific research.
HIGH TECH U
STMicroelectronics, Soitec, and Grenoble Institute of Technology teamed up in 2007 to launch a European version of High Tech U—a program introduced in the US by the SEMI Foundation—in the Grenoble area. High Tech U is a three-day event designed to introduce high-school juniors to the world of microelectronics; MINATEC has backed the European initiative since 2010.
The Grenoble-area High Tech U was such a success that the organizers decided to hold two sessions in 2010 and in 2011, and three in 2012. Today over 100 students from six local high schools take part in the program through presentations, games, teambuilding exercises, and lab tours and experiments. The goal of High Tech U is not just to teach students about micro and nanotechnology, but also to give them an “American-style” educational experience that requires active participation, teamwork, and the use of oral and written communication skills.
MINATEC Middle School
MINATEC organizes and finances a MINATEC Campus Discovery Day for middle school students.
MINATEC Science Fair for high school students
MINATEC and its partners hold a two-day Science Fair specifically designed to reach young people through exhibits, scientific experiments, and clean room tours. The first day, reserved exclusively for high school classes, is held on a Friday. In addition to the basic program, students are also invited to attend an informal “Midis MINATEC” brown bag lunch talk about MINATEC and nanotechnologies.