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STEM — STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to gathering hands-on experience and applying “real-world” knowledge. People who work in STEM fields use knowledge in science, engineering, technology, or math to understand the world around us and to solve problems.

Antenna — A device or piece of wire that sends and receives television or radio signals and is usually attached to a radio

Broadcast — The act of transmitting speech, music, visual images, etc., as by radio or television

Cable System — A facility, consisting of a set of closed transmission paths and associated signal generation, reception, and control equipment that is designed to provide cable service which includes video programming and which is provided to multiple subscribers within a community

Coolant System — A cooling system that uses a fluid to transfer heat from one place to another

Decoded — To recognize and interpret an electronic signal

Electronic Manufacture ServicesCompanies contract with original equipment manufacturers or original design manufacturers to produce electronic components or subassemblies

Engineer —An engineer is someone who designs, builds or uses machines, computers, engines, and other technologies. Engineers tend to use a lot of science, math and problem solving in their jobs.

FCC —Federal Communications Commission; regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories

Firewall A network security device that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and permits or blocks data packets based on a set of security rules; to block viruses and hackers

HVAC — Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

Manufacturer — A business or company which makes goods in large quantities to sell

Networking — The establishment or use of a computer network

Not-For-Profit — Not intended to make a profit, but to make money for a social or political purpose or to provide a service that people need

Operation — The quality or state of being functional or operative; a method or manner of functioning

Overheating — To become heated beyond a safe or desirable point

Programs — A performance broadcast on radio or television

Rabbit-Ears — An indoor TV antenna; consists of two extendible rods that form a V

Remote Site — Areas that are far away from cities and places where most people live, and therefore difficult to get to

Satellite Dish — A round aerial (circle) for receiving television and radio signals broadcast from satellites

Signal — A series of electrical or radio waves that are sent to a radio or television in order to produce a sound, picture, or message

Solder — A soft metal that is melted in order to join together pieces of metal so that they stick together when it cools and becomes hard again

Studio — A room with special equipment where television or radio programs or music recordings are made

Tech Core — Giant server room

Translator — A relay station that receives programming on one frequency and rebroadcasts it at another frequency for improved local reception

Transmitter — A piece of equipment that is used for broadcasting television or radio programs


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