On December 2016 a very important TISP Workshop took place in Greece, organized and implemented by the Greece Section Educational Activities, led by Stamatis Dragoumanos, Chair of the Greece IEEE Section Educational Activities
Having 112 educators and 40 volunteers trained, it may not have been the biggest TISP Workshop held in Region 8, but there were many new features that were implemented that gave Educational Activities Board a very valuable feedback. Lynn Bowlby, project manager at IEEE educational outreach, was present at Thessaloniki venue, in order to collect feedback and evaluate those new features.
The workshop goals were to enhance the brand of IEEE in Greece and especially among pre-university educators, to have the biggest impact with the minimum cost and to test new features.
The main feature was to have concurrent workshops around Greece that were interconnected through Internet, so that there can be presentations broadcasted and educators could exchange ideas, opinions and designs. This is a feature that could minimize the cost and engage as many participants easily.
Greece IEEE Section Educational Activities Chair, also focused on the soft skills that are developed by inquiry based learning and ways to monitor and enhance their development.
Moreover, there was a suggestion to expand the tryengineering.org lesson plans to a higher educational level, such as Universities. Thus, a University level “Build your own robot arm” lesson plan was presented and IEEE Student Branch Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences members participated to a 45 minutes lesson. They had to use an Arduino board and a couple of step motors to make the robot arm totally autonomous.
One of the most interesting parts of this workshop, was a conversation focusing on the benefits that may occur by failure – a word which seems to turn as an inappropriate since no one is referring to it.
All participants had the chance to watch Sohaib Qamar Sheikh, Chair, Education Activities Sub-Committee, IEEE Region 8 present “Inquiry Based Science Learning” and Tamer
Tamer M. Nassef, Chair, Egypt Section Education Activities, present “How to market for a pre-university activity, logistics and funding”.
Educator mr Geroge Arabatzis presented the implementation of “Rubber Band Racers” to his class at the Experimental High School of the University of Macedonia and he gave us very interesting feedback.
The feedback received from the participants of the workshop was very positive. Greece Section Educational Activities committee is receiving many emails and calls to help teachers implement these lessons in their schools. There were strong collaborations created with schools, organizations and educators, and Dragoumanos Stamatis and Geroge Bikos, member of the committee, had the chance to have a TV interview presenting the IEEE Educational Activities and the opportunities they share.
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