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R8 PUW Webinar: IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) – Slides and recording

Thank you for making the SIGHT webinar a success. Please find the presentation slides and webinar recording in the links below.

 

Webinar Recording:

 

R8 PUW Webinar: IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT)-20121115 1759-1
November 15, 2012, 5:59 pm Reykjavik Time
37 mins
Presentation Slides:
Download Rar file:  SIGHT Webinar

First National Conference on Practical Activities in Distance Learning (CNeTP 2012) Report

The first national conference on practical activities in distance learning (CNeTP 2012) was held in Monastir on 2nd of November, under the auspice of IEEE education society Tunisia chapter, in Sciences Palace (http://www.psm.rnu.tn) Tunisia. The conference aimed to gathers academic researchers in that specific field such as Dr. Hamadou Saliah Hassane (TELUQ, Quebec university, Canada), Pr. Denis Gillet (federal polytechnics school of Lausanne Switzerland) and many other speakers.

The plenary sessions illustrate different cases of study and experiments dealing with distance learning, virtual laboratories and the educational use of “Internet of things”. My presentation was focusing on the ways to enhance experimental activities through public secondary schools in Tunisia. Teachers In-Service (TISP) activities were one of the effective educational methodologies in experimental activities. As tried within three events in Tunisia with Tunisian pre-university school teachers, it has proven that such activities improve students’ motivation to learn and to interact with knowledge. The deep interaction between research and technological innovation is a source of excellence in all human activities, especially teaching and learning activities. As well, experimental activities are essential to the development of tactile intelligence in learners. New communication technologies, used in teaching and learning, have led to the presence of several educational tools of experimental education, such as robotic laboratories. Internationally, many institutions had introduced mobile robotics as a discipline. Robots embody the simple lines of code into tangible actions. Learners are fully engaged in the exploration of new scientific itineraries to improve the performance of their projects: their robots.

The Conference was very interactive with many interesting questions and fruitful discussions on technical and pedagogical sides of those projects. The audience received a very well impression on different presentations.

Report by: Riadh Besbes, PUW member


IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 2012 Report

 

The IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) was held in Seattle from the 21st – 24th of October in Washington USA. The Conference aimed to bring together members of the engineering community, technology leaders from industry, government agencies, NGOs, charities and others interested in how technology can be used to advance humanity.

The conference had quite a few interesting plenary and panel discussions on topics of using science and technology innovations with the main aim of achieving a direct positive impact on different communities worldwide. There were also some exhibitions on display showcasing real life implementations of such solutions. Many breakout sessions, including the dedicated student tracks, focused on issues such as: disaster relief; energy; health; education; humanitarian application, challenges and opportunities; and connectivity and communication.

 

Engineering & Community: EPICS (view original article)

There was a special panel discussion dedicated to the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. EPICS provides service learning for high school learners, as they tackle to solve a direct community problem with the use of technology and engineering principles. EPICS in IEEE Projects in South Africa was reported by Joyce Mwangama. She also highlighted other EPICS in IEEE initiatives that are occurring or planned within IEEE Region 8 of Africa, Europe and Middle East. Joyce observed the biggest benefit is more people participating in projects and how this can serve as a catalyst of inspiring others to do similar projects within their own communities.

Other panelists were Prof Leah Jameson giving an introduction to EPICS and service learning experience from Purdue University and Mike Boyer, high school teacher at North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA, giving background and experiences in driving EPICS Projects as part of the School Curriculum. The panel was very well received by the audience with lots of interesting questions at the end of the 3 sessions that lead to fruitful discussions.


R8 PUW Webinar: IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT)

IEEE R8 Pre-University Works committee is organizing a webinar on the new IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT). The webinar will also cover other IEEE Social Innovation programs such as Engineering4Change. Please register here to attend the webinar on 15th November, 2012 at 1800 GMT.

Please click on the following link to register for the webinar:  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/15089

The agenda is given below:

1800 – 1802: Welcome by Sohaib Qamar Sheikh

1802 – 1808: Introduction and the need for SIGHT by Saurabh Sinha

1808 – 1820: How can R8 members benefit from SIGHT by Karthik Kulkarni

1820 – 1830: IEEE Social Innovation initiatives by Karthik Kulkarni

1830 – 1840: Questions and comments.


IST Portugal TISP Report

The IEEE IST Student Branch has been doing excellent work in organizing TISP workshops directly for the students in different schools in Portugal. Below is their report of the activities for the last year.

If you want to organize a TISP workshop or presentation in your section/branch then please contact us at r8puw@ieee.org

– R8PUW Team

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Since 2010, IEEE-IST Student Branch(www.ieee-ist.org) has been doing the Teacher In-Service Program ( TISP) at high and primary schools, illuminating young teenagers minds to the art of engineering. The TISP goal is to teach what engineering is all about by doing activities with younger students where they can learn the process of design a solution, using only the basic resources available and actually implementing their solution.

Last school year (2011-2012), IEEE-IST SB team put a huge effort in the development of this program, reaching out more than 1000 students in 5 different schools located at Sintra, Cascais, Aveiro and Sesimbra in Portugal.


We had more than 80 hours of preparations, 30 of them to buy and build all the materials for the activities and 50 hours to gather the team, train them and contact schools.

Although TISP encourages that engineering students train school teachers, so they can perform the physical activities with their students, we figured out from the beginning, that it is much more effective if we jumped the teachers part and go directly to the students, after all, we are the real engineers, the ones with passion and the ones who can better relate and share the enthusiasm with the bright young minds. This was one of the key aspects that made our TISP successful, and since we are all engineers and like to version things, we decided to call it TISP 2.0.

We received brilliant feedback from schools and some of them already contacted us to come again this year. We got to see some familiar faces from TISP sessions on the Welcoming Freshmen events, some of them referenced us as the IEEE guys and remember how building a robot arm changed their route in life.

Below you can watch our promotional video for TISP 2011-12.

TISP IEEE IST

David Dias

TISP Coordinator for 2011 2012 at IEEE-IST Student Branch


IEEE R8 Pre-University Participation in the First Jordanian Student Branch Congress (JSBC)

In April 2012, IEEE R8 Pre-university Works (PUW) Sub-Committee took part in  the first IEEE Jordanian Student Branch Congress (JSBC). The JSBC was been organized by IEEE PSUT SB in Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman.

The JSBC mainly discussed very crucial subjects that have been bombarding the energy status in Jordan that affected all Jordanians, IEEE PSUT felt the social responsibility to suggest the solution of smart grid technology and motivate all young engineers to enhance research around the subject, raise awareness about the need of finding alternative resources, and the desperate need of renewable energy research.

Muhammad Mustafa, the representative of Region 8 Pre-University Works Sub-Committee was there to conduct an introduction session about IEEE Pre-University programs, followed by discussion panel about the opportunities and expected obstacles of implementing PU programs in Jordan in order to support the goals of fostering technology in the country.

The attendees, participating from 12 different universities from  Jordan, represented a high interest in the Pre-University programs. The feedback from the attendees was brilliant and as a result the R8 PUW team received an application to participate in Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS-in-IEEE), from the German-Jordanian University.


[UPDATE] IEEE EPICS Around the Globe Virtual Conference

The conference is now free of charge for all participants 🙂

The IEEE EPICS Around the Globe Virtual Conference is a one day event that will be held on Saturday 27 October 2012 opening its virtual doors at 8:45 AM EST.  This conference will showcase the global reach of the EPICS in IEEE program and also provide a unique opportunity to see a new virtual platform in motion.

The IEEE EPICS Around the Globe Virtual Conference features knowledgeable speakers who are the cornerstones of the program from Purdue University and IEEE alongside IEEE student branches who have successfully developed and executed an EPICS project.

The speakers include:

Welcome: Dr. Michael Lightner, IEEE Educational Activities VP

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Moshe Kam, IEEE Past President

Plenary Session:  Dr. William Oakes, Director of EPICS, Purdue University

The conference features two tracks to allow registrants to participate in sessions based on their own experience and interest level (Beginner and Advanced), a trade show floor with booths from conference sponsors, IEEE entities, and Student Branches who have completed EPICS in IEEE projects, and meeting room space for opportunities to converse with fellow attendees.   Attendees can receive a Certificate of Attendance by submitting a request to eab-ceuadmin@ieee.org.  Professional Development hours are also available with a nominal fee and can be requested on the registration page.


Registration

To register for this event, visit registration.ieee-elearning.org

Please direct any questions about the conference or registration issues to epicsvirtual@ieee.org.


IEEE EPICS Around the Globe Virtual Conference

The IEEE EPICS Around the Globe Virtual Conference is a one day event that will be held on Saturday 27 October 2012 opening its virtual doors at 8:45 AM EST.  This conference will showcase the global reach of the EPICS in IEEE program and also provide a unique opportunity to see a new virtual platform in motion.

The IEEE EPICS Around the Globe Virtual Conference features knowledgeable speakers who are the cornerstones of the program from Purdue University and IEEE alongside IEEE student branches who have successfully developed and executed an EPICS project.

The speakers include:

Welcome: Dr. Michael Lightner, IEEE Educational Activities VP

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Moshe Kam, IEEE Past President

Plenary Session:  Dr. William Oakes, Director of EPICS, Purdue University

The conference features two tracks to allow registrants to participate in sessions based on their own experience and interest level (Beginner and Advanced), a trade show floor with booths from conference sponsors, IEEE entities, and Student Branches who have completed EPICS in IEEE projects, and meeting room space for opportunities to converse with fellow attendees.   Attendees can receive a Certificate of Attendance by submitting a request to eab-ceuadmin@ieee.org.  Professional Development hours are also available with a nominal fee and can be requested on the registration page.


Registration

To register for this event, visit registration.ieee-elearning.org

 

Registration Fees Schedule:

*Pricing in US Dollars

 

IEEE Life Member:   $15*

IEEE Student Member: $15*

IEEE Member: $25*

Non-IEEE Member: $50*


Please direct any questions about the conference or registration issues to epicsvirtual@ieee.org.


Teacher In-Service Program Celebrates 10th Year

IEEE celebrating its 10th anniversary for the Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) with a full of achievements history. TISP has organized 25 workshops, reaching more than 2200 volunteers in all 10 IEEE sections. Those volunteers in turn have given nearly 175 professional development presentations to more than 4200 educators, who have taught IEEE-developed lesson plans to an estimated 460 000 students.

IEEE TISP organized lately many events in Region8 in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, France, Tunisia and Spain Sections.

 

Read the full article HERE.

Read more about Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) HERE.