June 28, 2023
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS) at the University of California, Davis, hosted a cohort of 25 high school students for a three-day CITRIS-INSPIRE summer workshop (June 5-7) to provide them a glimpse into the world of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.
This year’s workshop theme revolved around the broad areas covered by the CHIPS and the Science Act, which encourages the mass production of semiconductors to boost American semiconductor research, development and production.
In addition to engaging in presentations and talks, students had the unique opportunity to join UC Davis researchers at the Center for Nano-MicroManufacturing to fabricate semiconductor chips. The immersive experience provided students a glimpse into the cutting-edge research and manufacturing processes involved in semiconductor chip production.
The workshop explored various creative activities and thought-provoking discussions related to nanotechnology, quantum computers, art and technology and responsible AI in hopes of empowering participants to become agents of positive change in the world of technology.
The participants attended sessions that enabled them to learn hands-on skills in making liquid nitrogen ice cream and superconducting levitation. The participants also engaged in a drone-flying competition, showcasing their piloting skills and innovative approaches.
CITRIS Director and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Saif Islam, highlighted the grand challenges of the 21st century and encouraged participants to take an active role in finding solutions. Topics such as climate change, resource depletion, waste management and the power of creativity and innovation in addressing these issues were also explored, emphasizing the importance of sustainable solutions for a better future.
The workshop was held in collaboration with FabLab, San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE). UC Davis Optics Club, Center for Nano-MicroManufacturing and Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center brought their expertise, resources and commitment to innovation to enhance the participants’ experience and broaden their horizons.