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Educational Activities Contest: Acceleration Program 2017-2018

The IEEE Region 8 Education Activities Sub-committee is calling all IEEE members in Region 8 to participate and submit their ideas in this year’s Acceleration Program contest.
The contest calls for individuals and teams to submit proposals for the following:
· An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;
· An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;The contest aims to:
· Provide an opportunity to IEEE Region 8 members to initiate programs in Educational Activities;
· Showcase the innovation and drive of IEEE Region 8 members to an international audience;
· Find creative programs which provide value to IEEE membership and the general public. IEEE Academic, IEEE Xtreme and IEEE Day were all initiated by Region 8 members;The program or project ideas shall be new and not from the existing pool of IEEE Educational Programs. Individuals and teams can submit up to 02 entries separately.
Participants should consider sustainability and scalability of the proposed program.
The deadline for the idea submission is 10 December, 2017 and the results will be announced by 20 December, 2017.Prize:
The winning entries will receive the following prizes to be used as seed funding for piloting the program:

· An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;

o Winner – USD 300
o Runner-up – USD 200

· An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;

o Winner – USD 300
o Runner-up – USD 200

Rules:
· Participation can be from an individual or a team (up to 04 members);

· Individuals or teams can submit up to 02 proposals;

· At least one IEEE member needs to be part of the team. If the entry is submitted by an individual then the individual should be an IEEE member;

· The competition is open to all member grades;

· The proposal shall contain the following information:

o Summary of the idea (maximum 250 words)
o Introduction
o Description of the idea
o Is the program scalable and sustainable? How?
o How does the idea align with MGA goals
(https://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/mga_vision.html#sect4) – The idea doesn’t have to align with all goals.
o What are the educational outcomes of the program;
o What skills will the program develop in the participants;
o Additional information (optional)

Judging:
Idea proposals will be judged in the following areas:
· The educational outcomes of the idea;
· Alignment with MGA goals;
· Scalability and sustainability of the idea;

Submissions:
The submission shall
· be a maximum of 04 pages;

· be in times new roman font and 11 font size;

· be submitted in pdf format;

· include the full name of all team members and the Section name;

· be endorsed by the Section Chair or the Section Educational Activities Chair.

All submissions shall be submitted to easc@ieeer8.org by 10 December, 2017.


TISP Week 2017 – Call for Participation

 

After the successful TISP Week event in 2016, where more than 750 teachers were trained in 16 IEEE Sections around IEEE Region 8, we are continuing the trend and organizing TISP Week 2017 this year.

Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) is a professional development workshop for school teachers to help them bring exciting hands-on activities to their classroom. More information about the program can be found here: http://www.ieee.org/education_careers/education/preuniversity/tispt/index.html

The TISP week is an ambitious program of Region 8 to conduct teacher training workshops in multiple Sections in the Region within a span of one or two weeks in November-December 2017.
This will showcase the incredible work being done by our education activities volunteers throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, train teachers to deliver Inquiry Based Science Education sessions and will also help train more volunteers in the local sections. This event will also help our local volunteers deliver a public service through training teachers.

We plan to conduct workshops in as many sections as possible in Region 8 and would like to invite your Section to organize a TISP workshop for school teachers during this TISP week.

The following rules will apply for organizing a workshop as part of the TISP week:

1. A minimum of 30 school teachers will be trained.
2. The event will a minimum of one or a maximum of two days long.
3. The event dates will fall within the TISP week dates.
4. As our funds are limited, we would like to request the local Section to partially fund the organization of the event. IEEE TISP Week 2017 can fund the lesson plan materials for the workshop and would be grateful if the Section can fund the rest of the local costs of venue, etc. The funding amount is up to USD 250 per workshop and it will be reimbursed after submitting the reimbursement form.
5. A member of the local organizing committee will participate in monthly TISP week organizing committee online calls.

We will help your local organizing committee plan an effective agenda for the workshop.

There are lots of information and TISP resources in our website, http://tisp.ieeer8.org which I encourage you to visit.

Please let us know if your Section would like to participate in this incredible event. Kindly send your response by 15 September, 2017.

Please email me if you have any questions

Thank you.

Warm Regards,

Dragoumanos Stamatis

Chair, IEEE Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee