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EOS/ESD Association, Inc.’s Business Development Manager, Brennan Pimpinella (right) speaks to JD George Elementary School Principal Gary Bissaillon and Science Club students about electrostatic discharge.

EOS/ESD Association, Inc. Works with Local Area Schools on STEM Education Activities and Technology Certification

ROME, NY – EOS/ESD Association, Inc. (ESDA) recently announced that it is offering STEM Education activities and Technology Certification to local area schools in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley.

As part of the EOS/ESD Association, Inc.’s effort to reach out to the local community and to work with individuals who need training to work in the technology field, the ESDA team is working on projects to attract the future’s workforce to technology-related professions as early as the middle-school age level and teaching them about the impact of electrostatic discharge.  

Lisa Pimpinella, Executive Director for the ESDA said, 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the EOS/ESD Association, Inc., we are doing our part in trying to enhance the technical talent of the local community. We have identified that capturing the interests of students starting at the middle-school and high school age levels is necessary. From designing fun, interactive activities and experiments to offering course certifications, we recently started working alongside Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES and Vernon Verona Central School District to offer their students foundational training in the area of electrostatic discharge (ESD).” 

According to the ESDA’s website, in ordinary circumstances, static electricity and ESD are only a little more than an annoyance. However, in an increasingly technological age (I.e., semiconductor & microchip manufacturing), the familiar static shock we receive when walking across a carpet can be costly or dangerous during production.

Operator Training Course

Lisa Pimpinella also said that the ESDA offers an Operator Training Course, which is an online learning video intended to give basic information needed to implement an ESD Control program as well as to help understand how to protect sensitive products, like microchips and semi-conductors, from static discharge. The self-paced learning video is accompanied by a knowledge assessment. “Once the course is completed and knowledge assessment passed, the ESDA issues certificates to each attendee,” said Pimpinella.

About the EOS/ESD Association, Inc.

The EOS/ESD Association, Inc. is a 501’C’3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of electrostatic discharge (ESD) avoidance. It was founded in Rome, NY in 1982, has grown to 15,869+ members and volunteers, and 55+ participating countries, including the U.S. and Canada. 

Initially focusing on ESD on electronic components, the Association expanded its reach to include areas such as textiles, plastics, web processing, cleanrooms, and graphic arts. Due to a continually changing environment, the association is chartered to expand ESD awareness through standards, development, education programs, local chapters, publications, tutorials, certifications, and symposia. It is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to write and produce standards on electrostatics. 

Learn More

For more information about the EOS/ESD Association, Inc., please refer to www.esda.org, social media presences on Facebook and LinkedIn, or contact Lisa Pimpinella, Executive Director via e-mail at lpimpinella@esda.org, or call (315) 339-6937. 

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