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Students Demonstrate Their Ingenuity

Students Demonstrate Their Ingenuity

IEEE Foundation Supports the Brown Bag Competition at the 2024 IEEE Region 1 and 2 Joint Student Activities Conference

On 6 April, Regions 1 and 2 jointly held their annual IEEE Student Activities Conference at Villanova University, Radnor, PA, USA. 140 students from 20 universities from across the two regions engaged in opportunities promoting learning, collaboration, and professional growth. The conference included interview preparation seminars, signal safaris, drone workshops, and competitions. The IEEE Foundation was honored to support one of these competitions –  the Brown Bag Competition.

During a Brown Bag Competition, teams of 1 to 4 members are given a bag of various components. Each team uses only the components and documentation provided to complete the challenge. They may not use additional notes, references, or aids but must rely on their knowledge and ingenuity.

This Competition had three rounds, lasting 15, 30, and 60 minutes each. Throughout the Competition, 38 students from 6 different schools put on a display of ingenuity, knowledge, and speed. It was quite a show, with one team finishing the first challenge in 3 minutes flat. By the end of the Competition, it was clear that these students were well-oiled problem-solving machines. The team from Penn State Harrisburg claimed first place. 

Witnessing these students, the next generation of technologists who will solve the world’s pressing challenges, compete to solve intricate problems showcased the importance of conferences like this. Giving students platforms to expand their knowledge network, meet with peers and professionals, and gain valuable insight into the latest developments and innovations is essential in building future leaders. 

The five programmatic pillars of the IEEE Foundation—Illuminate, Educate, Engage, Energize, and Future—represent  practical and impactful implementation of IEEE programming. In supporting this Brown Bag Competition, the important work of the Educate pillar to nourish brilliant minds, create opportunities to dream, and cultivate a generation of socially responsible technology professionals was highlighted. We are grateful to our generous donors who made the support possible.

Congratulations to all the IEEE volunteers, members, and supporters who helped make this Student Activities Conference a success and a lasting memory for students who attended.

Curious to learn about other donor supported programs designed for the next generation?  Explore the Opportunities for Student and Young Professionals webpage.

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