IEEE-USA Supports The Big Hoopla as a Silver Sponsor

For a third consecutive year, with volunteer support from the IEEE Dayton Section, IEEE-USA is sponsoring The Big Hoopla, a set of events opening the “First Four” as part of the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Tournament, 19-20 March 2024, at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The Big Hoopla STEM Challenge – Sunday, 17 March 2024

The Big Hoopla STEM Challenge is a free family event for kids (K-8) that ties together the excitement of college basketball and the power of STEM education. IEEE-USA and other regional and national partners will be on hand to engage kids with hands-on STEM activities.

Kids who stop by IEEE-USA’s booth will learn about electricity through our special activity – How to Make a Mini LightsaberIEEE member volunteers will be on hand to assist us at The Big Hoopla STEM Challenge on Sunday, 17 March (12-6pm) at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio, to help kids build their mini lightsabers and see the joy on their faces as they light them up for the first time!

The Big Hoopla 2022

IEEE-USA was a silver sponsor of the Big Hoopla STEM Challenge on Sunday, 13 March 2022. An estimated 3,000 parents and children attended, many of whom visited IEEE-USA’s booth to engage in STEM activities and learn more about technology careers. More than 15 IEEE volunteers participated from the Dayton area (including the University of Dayton Student Section), Cincinnati and even Columbus.

The event, which is The Big Hoopla’s anchor event, tied together the excitement and passion for college basketball to the power of STEM education. Regional and national partners, including IEEE-USA, were on-site to engage students with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math demonstrations.

Here are some pictures from the 2022 events.