TEACHER IN SERVICE PROGRAM (TISP)
TISP is one of the major educational activities that the IEEE engages in. It is a professional development workshop aimed at helping teachers bring exciting hands-on engineering lessons into their classrooms. In this arrangement, IEEE members and professionals volunteer to demonstrate the application of engineering, science and mathematics concepts by sharing their real-world experiences with local pre-university educators.
Some of the goals and objectives of TISP include the following:
- Empower section volunteers to collaborate with their local pre-university community especially high schools.
- Promote applied inquiry-based learning
- Enhance the level of technical literacy of pre-university educators
- Encourage pre-university students to pursue technical careers
- Increase the general level of technical literacy of pre-university students throughout their educational careers.
The approach taken by TISP includes:
- Reach major groups of influencers who impact students and their decisions :Teachers, counselors
- Engineering in the Classroom– Teacher In-Service Program
- Community Service Projects
- Online Presence – org, TryComputing.org, TryNano.org, IEEE Spark
- Teachers can download free lesson plans on a variety of topics, such as building a robot arm, electric motors, and Ohm’s Law.
More about the global IEEE TISP program can be found here.
KENYA SECTION EXPERIENCE:
The TISP members are drawn from both university students and professionals in the engineering sector who are volunteers with IEEE. The program actively kicked off in Kenya in 2014 when the then IEEE Educational Activities Vice President, Saurabh Sinha, visited Kenya for training of IEEE Kenya section volunteers. However, lack of a structured engagement with the pre-university community slowed down TISP activities in Kenya. In 2016, the IEEE Kenya Section and Kenyatta University School of Education had an agreement to anchor and facilitate TISP engagement with high school teachers. This included having an annual TISP workshop targeting In-Service high school teachers.
The inaugural IEEE- KU TISP workshop was held on 11th Nov, 2016 at the Kenyatta University Conference Centre. The objectives of the workshop included:
- Share views on how IEEE and KU could partner to practically impact delivery of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in schools.
- Obtain feedback from high school teachers on challenges faced
- Lay a structure on how TISP-Kenya would engage with stakeholders
Among many other deliberations, the following outcomes were noted and to be further pursued:
- Addressing the STEM question through curriculum development.
- Changing the attitude towards technology by the students, teachers and parents.
- IEEE Kenya section to champion pilot projects especially through the teachers present in the workshop and also to hold regular activities targeting the schools.
- Integration of ICT into learning
- Start promoting local ICT and technology success stories
The TISP in Kenya is now playing a key role in promoting STEM activities in the country. It has been involved in a number of STEM related activities, the latest being the CEMASTEA STEM workshop on 27th and 28th Feb, 2017 held at the Kenya Commercial Bank Leadership Centre, Karen. This was a Multi-Sectoral Public-Private Approach (MUSPPA) to STEM program in Kenya.
The workshop was aimed at bringing various stakeholders in the STEM field in Kenya to chart a cohesive approach to promoting STEM in Kenyan schools. It was spearheaded by the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA). The various organizations represented including IEEE Kenya Section resolved to collaborate in:
- Mentorship programs for students and teachers
- Provision of STEM related equipments (science apparatus, models,charts) to schools.
- Introducing STEM clubs to enhance innovation and creativity in the 21st
- Using appropriate learning management systems for knowledge sharing and monitoring of STEM activities in schools.
- Enhance the capacity of schools to use technology in their processes
- Develop linkages between high schools with universities and industries
- Support students’ innovation through patenting, sponsorship and incubation
- Use print and mass media to create public awareness on STEM and popular STEM related subjects among students.
The year 2017 promises to be a vibrant year for the TISP program in Kenya.