Closing the gap - Thoughts from Dr. Geoffrey Orsak, Dean, SMU School of Engineering and Founding Director
Welcome to The Infinity Project. We began this effort several years ago to begin to explore ways to create more interest in the marvelous world of engineering among today's high school students.
Just take a look around you… engineering is everywhere. It's at the heart of all of the modern conveniences most teenagers take for granted - wireless phones, compact discs, cars, computers and more. Unfortunately, far too many students don't see the connection between the math and science they learn in school and the way that engineers imagine, create and build new products that improve our world.
That's what Infinity is all about - helping students make the connection between what they learn and what they can do to change the world around them. The Infinity Project is designed to fuel a love for engineering and technology and to show students how they can use what they've studied to build better, brighter futures - for themselves and for society.
The world we live in today is driven largely by technology. In the United States, we face a critical shortage of well-trained engineers moving into the coming years. Already we are being far-outpaced by countries in Europe and Asia that recognize the need to prepare large numbers of young people for the technical challenges that lay ahead.
If the United States is to keep its technological edge - and I'm convinced that it will - then we need to do much more to inform, attract and motivate more bright young students to explore what engineering has to offer.
The Infinity Project brings it all together into a simple-to-use and highly effective year-long high school program that creates excitement, challenge and enthusiasm for engineering among students. It's a proven success - virtually all previous students say they would recommend Infinity to others. The majority of Infinity graduates say they plan to study engineering in college.
We've designed the program to be simple, fun and - equally important - easy to implement in your school.
I encourage you to learn more about the advantages that Infinity will bring to your community and ultimately, spread the word about future careers in engineering.
Contact us today and let's help you get started.
Technology is driving our world - an Overview from Torrence Robinson, Texas Instruments
High school students are asking the same major questions I asked when I was in school: "When am I ever going to use all this math and science in the real world?" In fact, most students are already using all of it - in the form of cell phones, MP3 players, the Internet and the myriad of other electronic gadgets that add zest and life to our world today.
The problem is, most kids don't stop to think about how math and science connect directly to the technological conveniences they know and use. The Infinity Project works to change all that. By showing in a fun, challenging and interesting way how engineers apply the technical knowledge we gain in school to create and build innovative new products, Infinity makes learning real.
Specifically, the Infinity Project uses advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology developed by Texas Instruments to show how science and math lead directly to technology products and solutions. Even more important, the program shows how engineering can be an exciting way to combine technical knowledge with creativity to build an exceptionally rewarding career.
And we need many more of those in the United States if we're going to maintain our competitive technology edge. We simply have to attract greater numbers of students to careers in engineering, science and mathematics.
I invite you to browse through this website to see how the Infinity Project is providing tremendous results in schools just like yours all across the United States.