November Events: Fun with Circuits Outreach, Advanced Energy Luncheon and Startup Weekend Maker Edition

November is shaping up to be a busy month!  This month we have the student paper competition wrapping up, and several exciting professional and outreach events around NWA.

Robotics/Electronics Outreach & News

Interested in helping us grow the next generation of engineers?  We have robotics/electronics teams all over NWA that could use your expertise!  Those highlighted here are just a few of the opportunities around the region for members to get involved.  Contact if you’d like to help with any of these teams, or have IEEE visit your robotics club this fall!

Elementary/Middle School Outreach, Sat. Nov 17th

The Ozark Section will be hosting an “introduction to electronics and robotics” event at the Elkins Public Library on Sat. November 17th from 12:00 to 2:00pm.  Kids and parents are encouraged to come and learn about electronics through hands on activities, as well meet members of the Elkins High School Robotics Club.  Members of the club will be on hand to help with the activities and talk about their fall project, a smart-lighting system for a local RV park from the ground up.  There is no charge for the event and it is open to the public.

Date and Time


  • 352 N. Center Street
  • Elkins, Arkansas
  • United States 72727

FIRST Robotics NWA – Sat. Nov. 10

Saturday, Nov. 10th will be a Qualifying Tournament for FIRST Tech Challenge to be held at the Don Tyson School of Innovation in Springdale( ).   Several section members including Silke Spiesshofer and Chris Farnell are volunteering as judges for the event.


Student Paper Competition: Due NOV 26th


The Region 5 conference is fun 2-day event next April attended by the Ozark Section leadership and students from our Branches and Affinity groups in Northwest Arkansas, and is a chance to meet other students and IEEE leaders from across the Southwest (Region 5).  

The Ozark Section will be accepting papers to the Section Paper Competition for entry until November 26th.  Awarded papers will go on to the area and regional competition, where awards range in size up to $1000 per entry!  Travel costs for area paper award winners to go to the conference are covered by Region 5.  We’ve had winning papers for the last two years, so we’re looking forward to your excellent work on new papers this fall! PAPERS ARE DUE NOV 26th to

Robotics, circuit design and ethics teams are also eligible from each student section in the Ozark Section.  The rules for each competition are below.  The Ozark Section has funds to pay for transport to the conference on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please notify the section chair, Matt Francis ( if you are planning to take a team!

Read more online:



Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Lunch and Learn

Join the Arkansas Advanced Energy Associate (AAEA) in Fayetteville for a lunch and learn spotlighting the University’s energy research center: the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (NCREPT). 

The event will include a presentation featuring the center’s executive director, Dr. Alan Mantooth, distinguished professor in the College of Engineering, and businesses spun out of academic research at NCREPT. Following the presentation, attendees will be allowed to tour the center.


The event is free to attend. However, registration is required. 
RSVP here to reserve your spot.

This event is sponsored by the AAEA


Startup Weekend Northwest Arkansas Maker Edition – Nov 30-Dec 2

 Build your idea within 54 hours.

Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with?

Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend: Maker Edition is the place for you to pitch ideas, recruit a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business model, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Since this event is focused specifically on developing physical products and solutions, you will have access to circuit boards, microcontrollers, prototyping materials, CNC machines, 3D printers, soldering kits, and other supplies to bring your ideas to life.


To learn more and buy tickets:

This event is sponsored by the Google for Entrepreneurs Partner Network and Startup Junkie in Fayetteville.

As always, thank you to our volunteers for making these events possible!  See you at the next IEEE event this fall!


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