IEEE Foundation Funds Three Projects

The projects focus on solar-powered electricity, preservation of a historic site, and a robotics competition

6 February 2009

The IEEE Foundation awarded US $66 500 in grants in November to support historical preservation, hands-on projects for college-level students, and global humanitarian efforts.

• Two nonprofit organizations received $25 000 to help fund a system for solar-powered electricity from photovoltaic cells and to set up educational programs for the Rugerero Survivors Village, in Rwanda. Along with funding from other organizations, the grant will assist 100 families in the village who survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide and are impoverished. Barefoot Artists Inc., a nonprofit based in Philadelphia specializing in art therapy, will send local paid and volunteer staff to the village to set up educational programs for children and help train men and women on topics such as sewing and health. Representatives of the second nonprofit, Skyheat Associates, of Jonesport, Maine, will install solar panels and teach the villagers how to design, install, and maintain their new system.

• The Benjamin Franklin House Education and Outreach Project received $31 500 to help preserve the London house that Franklin lived in from 1757 to 1775, an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. The money will be used for the upkeep of the house, built circa 1730, which has been a museum since January 2006.

• A $10 000 grant went to the IEEE Republic of Macedonia Section to help organize RoboMAC, a robotics competition aimed at motivating Macedonian college students to study robotics and encourage more research in the field. Students from Macedonian universities will be invited to compete to build robots using household supplies. Students from the electrical engineering and information technologies department at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, in Skopje, Macedonia, as well as its IEEE student branch, will build a Web site for the contest, which will include registration information, a discussion board, and videos filmed by IEEE.tv.

To learn more or to submit a grant application, visit the IEEE Foundation.

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