IEEE Student Branch in Brazil Brings Hands-On Engineering Lessons to Schools

Two videos feature preuniversity teachers and students building structures out of straws

20 January 2017

Livio Silva [above, far right] and other IEEE student members from the student branch at the Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS) in Bahia, Brazil, held IEEE Teacher In-Service Program events last year at two of the city’s public schools. The TISP, a professional development workshop run by IEEE volunteers, is designed to help teachers present hands-on engineering lessons in their classrooms. Silva is the branch’s TISP coordinator. The TISP website has more than 130 free lesson plans on subjects including computing, engineering design, and robotics.

In the video above, teacher Jucy Silva shares her thoughts about participating in the workshop held at Colégio Estadual Edvaldo Brandão Correia in Cajazeiras. The teachers experimented with the Tall Tower Challenge lesson plan from TryEngineering.org.

In this video, the IEEE UNIFACS TISP team used a Tall Tower Challenge to teach 48 students at the Colégio Estadual Presidente Costa e Silva in Ribeira how to build a structure out of straws. The tower had to support a tennis ball, which weighs about 58 grams, without collapsing or falling over. The students were required to develop a design on paper, build and test their tower in front of the class, evaluate their results, and write a report about what they learned.

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