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Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:22:00 AM

REACH Engages

Pre-university teachers in the Social Studies and STEM disciplines are being inspired by the free IEEE REACH resources that situate technology and engineering in their social and humanist contexts. During two teacher webinars—the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association’s (ITEEA) annual conference, Where Technology and Engineering Come to Life, and the United States’ National Council for History Educators’ (NCHE) conference, teachers learned about the REACH program and left equipped with lesson plans, videos and hands-on activities they could use immediately, either remotely or in the classroom.

Chandra Porter, a STEM teacher in Atlanta, GA, US stated, “This is awesome! I can use this with my Paper Tower Activity.” Lois MacMillan, a History teacher in Grants Pass, OR, US exclaimed, “I’m excited to get into it! We’ve done a little of this, but your presentation blows this open for me.”

These teachers are not alone in their excitement for REACH’s offerings. In Africa, educators are also being inspired. Arising out of the co-branded REACH/UNESCO pilot program with continued support from the IEEE Africa Council and the IEEE Uganda Section, and delivered by Silver Bolt, a Uganda non-profit education organization, three educator training sessions were held. One training program, a UNESCO STEM workshop, with a goal to improve participation of girls in STEM, was supported by both the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO and IEEE. Key stakeholders from both UNESCO and the Uganda Ministry of Education participated in the training sessions. Those in attendance were enthusiastic about the program, which has created a significant interest to include REACH content, concepts and methodology, in future curricula.

A donor supported program of the IEEE History Center, REACH continues to engage educators and inspire students via its mission to raise engineering awareness through the conduit of history. The program assists teachers across disciplines around the globe, provides a new STEM education pathway, and is enhancing female participation in the discipline.

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