The Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) Workshop organized by IEEE Nigeria Section in partnership with Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) and the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Owerri Branch took place on October 8, 2018 at Owerri Engineering Centre.
A total of 60 pre-university teachers and students participated actively in the workshop. Teachers were requested to come with few students because it was perceived that having students around will have more impact on spreading the knowledge to the entire school. Additionally, many APWEN members (from various fields of Engineering) participated actively during the workshop.
Among the volunteers for the workshop were Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe (Chair, IEEE Africa Area), Dr. Kennedy C. Okafor (Treasurer, IEEE Nigeria Section), Reginald Ogu, Mrs. Ehinomen Atimati and Elochukwu Ifediora. Dr. Luke Uzoigwe – the Chairman of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Owerri Branch declared the workshop open while the APWEN Chairperson, Dr. Magdalene Akanbi in her remarks implored the teachers to take the learnings back to the classrooms. Gloria Chukwudebe introduced IEEE to the teachers and subsequently highlighted that the Teacher In-Service Program is one of the ways IEEE brings low-cost hands-on experiments for teaching science and technology to pre-university students.
At first, the teachers were introduced to ohm’s law and electronic components. This was followed by introducing the lesson plans in TryEngineering.org portal. The teachers and students performed hands-on activities on selected lesson plans.
From the feedback at closing, the teachers affirmed that lessons learnt will help in bringing low-cost experiments to facilitate the teaching of science and technology. The students were thrilled at seeing the lift move, various tower designs, the flashing LEDs and the buzzing alarm.