AMIT Dvir robotics team visits microchip manufacturer
The robotics team from AMIT Dvir Junior and Senior High School for Boys recently toured the Rehovot branch of Applied Materials, whose “innovations make possible the technology shaping the future,” according to the company.
The 7th-to-9th-grade students heard a lecture about the latest developments in nanotechnology and got a glimpse of the tech company’s newest products. They also visited a “clean room,” where they got a close-up look at how microchips are manufactured.
The field trip to Applied Materials was a special treat for the students who worked hard on their robotics projects throughout the year. They built a robot and programmed it to complete specific tasks, and they also worked on a research project related to water leaks in which they developed a prototype of a sensor that would determine where a leak originated.
The robotics program encourages the students to work together, think creatively, and solve problems—all skills that are critical for the 21st century.
“Our job as a school in today’s day and age is to expose our students and create opportunities for them to encounter the skills that are required to succeed in this new reality,” said Shmuel Koresh??, principal of the junior high school at AMIT Dvir in Beit Shemesh. “This tour was the culmination of an entire process in which these skills were applied.”
Applied Materials develops, manufactures, markets, and supports process diagnostics and equipment designed for semiconductor processes. Located in Rehovot and employing over 1250 people, Applied Materials Israel plays a significant role in enabling the production of the next generation of microchips.