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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Students experience technology ‘boot camp’ at Brewer Science

  • Brewer Science participated in Missouri State University’s Missouri Innovation Academy (MIA) June 11 by providing MIA students with the opportunity to experience a day in the life of inventors, scientists, engineers and other technologists.
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  • Brewer Science participated in Missouri State University’s Missouri Innovation Academy (MIA) June 11 by providing MIA students with the opportunity to experience a day in the life of inventors, scientists, engineers and other technologists.
    As part of their MIA activities, these students experienced a “boot camp” on the Brewer Science campus that offered a combination of equipment and processes rarely found anywhere else in the world.
    Since its inception, MIA has reached more than 200 students, and for the last seven years, Brewer Science has been an integral part of this experience.
    This three-week camp targets Missouri’s brightest high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in science, innovation and entrepreneurship.
    The MIA students typically spend one full day at Brewer Science, engaged in workshops and hands-on learning experiences.
    Dr. Terry Brewer, president and founder of Brewer Science, traditionally greets the students and conducts a question-and-answer session.
    “Keep your perception open and learn from others,” Brewer told this year’s boot camp students. “Ask questions and avoid drawing conclusions. Asking the question can sometimes be more important than the answer.
    “As an innovator of creative materials needed for manufacturing cutting-edge microelectronic devices, Brewer Science is a strong advocate for learning and innovation. We are delighted to provide students with the opportunity to learn and experience something new,” Brewer said.
    In addition to interacting with Brewer, the students attended the following Brewer Science University classes: hands-on technology – lab experience, design of experiments, value-based communication and converting your great idea into a business.
    This year’s speakers advocated blending science and innovation with business to transform ideas into viable products.
    Guest lecturer John Woodson, program specialist with the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center, presented an overview of successful business practices titled “Entrepreneurship 101.”
    Also, Kirk Nash, owner of Nash Immersive, shared his experiences as an entrepreneur and provided a demonstration on augmented reality.  
    Brewer Science has a long history of supporting education and learning. Recent recipients of such support include a program providing science teachers to classrooms in Tenede, Africa, the Dr. Norman E. Dobson Memorial Scholarship, the IEEE Foundation – Frances B. Hugle Memorial Scholarship, the Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair, the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team, the MS&T Solar House Team, and the Rolla High School Patriots Robotics Team.
    To learn more about  Brewer Science’s involvement in community giving, visit  www.brewerscience.com/company/community

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