Today’s young people are the most connected generation ever – whether via Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, as well as whatever might come next. The common thread in these experiences, not to mention e-commerce, is that they’re driven by persistent and highly reliable wireless connections that deliver what users want, where and whenever they want it. Given that today’s young people are digital natives, living in an always-connected, on-demand world, it makes sense that industry leaders like Cambium should provide them with a better understanding of the technology that delivers the experiences they love.

In addition to being expert users of wireless connectivity, we want to provide them the opportunity to better understand the wireless network itself and engage in the evolution of the technology.

With that in mind, we created Cambium College. Totally free and open to anyone, Cambium College is designed to attract and engage teens and college students who are interested in learning more about fixed wireless broadband technology in the real world. The online curriculum will enable young people who might be thinking about a career in technology but have no idea how to get started to learn more about the technology that surrounds them and grow from being users of WiFi to understanding the networks that provide the connectivity for nearly everything that they do.

The Cambium College program consists of 15 one-hour webinars on fixed wireless broadband fundamentals, including Foundation, Applications and Optimization topics. Starting on March 21, 2017, and held at 8:00 p.m. Central Time (9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific) on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month, the webinars are not a “product pitch” but are instead sessions with design and development experts who will share the expertise gathered in their years’ of experience in wireless broadband. Cambium College will familiarize audiences with the math and physics concepts involved in designing and operating a fixed wireless broadband and WiFi networks. Being geeky for 15 hours will give students a foundation for understanding wireless broadband communications for the rest of their lives.

The curriculum has been divided into three segments:

  • Foundation – including parts of a radio, wave propagation, antennas, transmission schemes and WiFi networks
  • Applications – including real-world applications like the enterprise and IIoT (industrial internet of things), as well as service providers and streaming
  • Optimization – including planning a link, network configuration, security and encryption, and managing and maintaining networks

The goal is to foster student interest in communications technology and provide a solid foundation for future learning, empowering participants to become conversant in wireless technologies and to help them prepare for potential careers in the wireless industry. Students earn Community “badges” for participation. Upon completion of the course, participants can take a voluntary online assessment, and a passing grade of 80 percent or more will earn them a certificate and a free cnPilot E400 Enterprise Indoor WiFi Access Point.

Registration for Cambium College is easy – students need only to become members of the Cambium Community, select the sessions they want to attend, and view the live or recorded webcasts. Discussion threads linked to each webinar will be available in the Cambium Community, allowing students to ask questions and learn more about the concepts presented in the webinars as needed.

The only requirement for students is an internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone – along with a desire to learn about all of the amazing wireless technology that surrounds them. For students with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Cambium College will be a useful and fun first step in learning about wireless broadband. We encourage you to find out more about the program and share this information with teens and students of all ages who are interested in learning about the digital experiences they love!

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