The Turkish IEEE Student Branches organized the IEEE Turkish Chairperson’s Meeting 2013, held in Izmir, from 4 to 9th of February. The aim of the congress was to present all the activities performed by the student branches, as well as delivering training and presentations on new activities and skills to new members of the executive committees.
Rui Costa, member of the Region 8 Educational Activities Committee participated in the congress delivering several presentations related to IEEE R8 EASC activities being one of those a TISP Hands-On workshop.
During the training were introduced the objectives of the R8 Educational Activities Sub-Committee with focus on the Pre-University Activities.
First, a introduction and motivation to EPICS-in-IEEE was performed, providing information about the program, whose participated didn’t knew before the presentation. Several examples and suggestions of possible EPICs in Turkey projects were debated, and some student branches shown interested in creating such in their University, requiring more clarifications and information on how to build a EPIC’s proposal to be sent by email.
On the second part of the presentation the TISP program was presented, explaining its objectives and methodologies. A comparison with TISP 2.0 was also performed.
The last part of the session consisted of a 40 minute hands-on TISP activity was performed, challenging the participants to create a Robot Arm based on several of-the-shelf simple materials. The Robot Arm training was obtained through the TryEngineering.org portal.
The workshop counted with 40 participants, that performed the hands-on workshop, gaining awareness about the TISP program and the impact that the same has in motivating for engineering education.
At the end, of the workshop, some final remarks were presented, and when asked about the interest in creating the first TISP initiatives in Turkey, participants shown high commitment in introducing the activity in their student branches.