Tektronix has a long history of supporting all levels of education, from junior high schools through to graduate programs. We are committed to helping inspire young students' interest in mathematics, computers and physics through hands-on experience with state-of-the-art electronic solutions. The Tektronix Education Support Program (TESP) is a company initiative to foster interest in physics and electronics within the local community, other regions of the country, and around the globe. The TESP initiative also manages ongoing donations to several universities, including Arizona State University, Montana State University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Washington, and Jiao Tong University in China.
Oregon State University's solar car, names Phoenix. The OSU Phoenix is a three-wheeled, single passenger vehicle powered exclusively by solar energy.
Whether it is our local high school or colleges in Oregon, the US, or the World, Tektronix believes that growth and quality of life is enhanced by an increase in the number of scientists and engineers who are addressing the world's great problems. Tektronix has had and will continue to have an ongoing commitment to its TESP program (mentioned above) to support future generations of engineers through STEM programs at every level. These are the individuals who one day will design and develop electronic solutions around the world.
High school, specifically, is a time when young students are exposed to potential career paths. We believe that the earlier we can help inculcate a passion for science and technology, the more likely students will pursue these fields when they enter college.
Donation of money and time
Beaverton High School, April 2013: TDS1000B donation to Beaverton High School, which is used by science, physics and engineering students to complete a number of advanced research projects and for general lab use. In fact, one student's project utilizing the scope won him entrance into the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). A quote from a letter we received from the student stated, "ISEF is something that, in all likelihood, I may have not been able to be invited to without the enhanced development and diagnostic capabilities that the oscilloscope provided." Tektronix annually hosts the Beaverton School District's annual science fair and provides volunteers to review science projects for students from kindergarten through high school.
A thank you note from an appreciative student.
Portland State University, February 2013: There was a donation of more than $22,000 of equipment to the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University (PSU).
Oregon State University, May 2013: We made a sizeable donation, totaling $75,000, to fund three advanced laboratory and engineering programs at Oregon State University. The donations continue the decades-long partnership between Tektronix and OSU.
Creative Collaboratory: Modeled after the MIT media lab, the Oregon State Collaboratory enables teams of engineering students to develop working prototypes of new electrical systems.
SAE Vehicle Teams: OSU undergraduate and graduate students participating in this program design and build vehicles to compete in student competitions around the world.
Solar Car Challenge: Tektronix continues to support the OSU Solar Vehicle Team. Using funding from Tektronix, the team will be able to purchase new solar cells to upgrade its solar array in order to compete in the Formula Sun Grand Prix to be held October 2013 in Irvine, Calif. The OSU Phoenix is a three-wheeled, single passenger vehicle powered exclusively by solar energy. The team uses Tektronix oscilloscopes and Keithley meters SourceMeter SMU instruments to help the vehicle achieve maximum efficiency.
If you are interested in FIRST robotics, here is a story on EDN that talks about this year's FRC competition, where competitors have to complete their robot in a short time window. And, here's another story (shameless plug) that profiles the team my daughter competes with in FIRST Robotics FTC competition.
NI has also been involved with LEGO competitions, to the point where students use LabVIEW-based software to control robots. I recall an exhibit severalyears ago at the Boston Museum of Science on Lego Mindstorms.
Having witnessed the F.I.R.S.T. competions first-hand (sorry!), and as a mentor to Team 293 SPIKE, I would hands-down go with National Instruments. Their contributions to the electronic control and interface features on the robot challenges let high school students (and even some 8th-graders) gain the satisfaction, experience, and fun of creating a robot that they can control and be proud of.
Join our online Radio Show on Friday 11th July starting at 2:00pm Eastern, when EETimes editor of all things fun and interesting, Max Maxfield, and embedded systems expert, Jack Ganssle, will debate as to just what is, and is not, and embedded system.