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ERIC Number: EJ941551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Microelectronics in Education
Orton, Richard J. J.
School Science Review, v92 n340 p101-110 Mar 2011
The history and meaning of the term "microelectronics" is reviewed, followed by a discussion of the key inventions of the Intel microprocessor in 1971 and the Texas Instruments electronic pocket calculator in 1975. The six characteristic features of microelectronic components are then defined. The UK prime minister Jim Callaghan's address to the nation in 1978 led to early initiatives in education by the BBC, the Department of Industry and the Department of Education and Science. The latter's Microelectronics Development Programme of 1979 and the responses from the ASE, CLEAPSE and the National Technology Forum are then reviewed. The reactions of the manufacturers to these developments, including the VELA episode, are discussed. The Microelectronics Education Programme of 1980 led to many developments during that decade. This article reviews what became of these early initiatives, how the science curriculum has incorporated computer technology and how microelectronics has pervaded so many areas of our lives, and the likely future of this technology, including the promise of nanotechnology. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom