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Electronics and Sound Program Available for Students

Written By Editor on 12/27/20 | 12/27/20

The Chenango-Delaware-Otsego STEM Council, in partnership with the CORE Institute at Milford Central School and the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center of SUNY Oneonta, is offering a one week virtual Go STEM Institute for students in grades 7-12 from February 15th-19th, coinciding with many schools' winter break. This "Electronics and Sound"-themed program is a great opportunity for a technology-motivated young person to get hands-on experience with soldering and other electronic skills and concepts.

The 2021 Go STEM Winter Break Institute will run from 9am-noon, with sliding scale "pay-what-you-can" tuition. Space is limited and potential participants must submit an online application by January 15th. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by January 22. Participants must be self-motivated enough to complete independent work at home. More information and an application can be found at
Recognizing that many students are burned out by online school, the Institute is designed with as much hands-on experience as possible. Each participant will receive a kit of activities that will enable them to complete the sound/electronics projects safely at home with the live online guidance of a SUNY Oneonta college student mentor. The Institute will be led by Gavin Vitale, the Instructional Support Technician and an adjunct lecturer in the Music Department at SUNY Oneonta. Gavin currently teaches courses in music technology and audio recording.    

Sound and electronics have been intertwined since the invention of the electrical microphone in the 1920’s. Since then, sound has been created, recorded, and played back electrically by billions of people all over the world. Devices such as a phone, microphone, electric guitar, synthesizer, and many more use electricity to generate and store sound, but how do these work?  Institute participants will learn the essentials of electronics and how to harness the energy of the electron to create sound, as well as learn the fundamentals of soldering, circuit building, analog and digital electronics, and soundwave generation, building several exciting projects that demonstrate how energy travels from batteries to speakers to their ears.

The Chenango-Delaware-Otsego STEM Leadership Council was established in 2009 by SUNY Oneonta, CDO Workforce Investment Board, and DCMO BOCES. Its mission is to improve the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skill levels of the people in the tri-county region. Programs are designed to be accessible to and inclusive of youth and families of all backgrounds regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geographic location, ability, and experience. For more information about the Winter Institute, please contact Doug Reilly at  

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