About

General
The K-12 STEM Literacy Committee is a committee of IEEE-USA of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). It reports through the Vice President of Member Activities of the IEEE-USA BoD.

Scope
The purpose of the K-12 STEM Literacy Committee is to help improve science, technology, engineering and math education of all pre-university students in the United States and to help raise their functional and technological literacy. Its work is expected to have an influence at the national, state, and local levels.

Functions
The committee shall strive to involve IEEE members in precollege activities at all levels; it should cooperate with other technical, scientific, and professional societies and their members and with other organizations with similar goals; it shall seek the help and support of various IEEE organizational units such as the Member and Geographic Activities Board, the Educational Activities Board (EAB), the EAB Committee for Pre-university Education Coordination Committee, IEEE-USA Professional Activities Committees for Engineers, technical societies, and Sections; and it may work with government bodies, textbook publishers, and others, as it deems necessary.

The committee may engage in the development of programs consistent with its scope and promote them for implementation by IEEE members and others.

The committee may publish appropriate articles; draft and distribute position papers; organize workshops or conferences, alone or in cooperation with other IEEE organizational units, teachers’ organizations, and others; and develop training materials for engineers to help in their interactions with educators and students.

  Important New IEEE Guidelines for Working with Children

IEEE volunteers who participate in IEEE-sponsored activities that include children must complete the required steps at the IEEE Activities with Children page or they will not be authorized to participate in those activities and programs.

Resources

  • TryEngineering.org
    Tryengineering.org is a resource for students, their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, and we hope it will help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.Students will find here descriptions of the lifestyles and experiences of engineers, and on the different disciplines within engineering. We provide hands-on experiments and activities, referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities, and search tools for schools that offer engineering programs. Useful tips on course selection, applying to university programs and financial aid are included.
  • TryComputing.org
    IEEE's TryComputing.org is a free online pre-university computing education web site. IEEE TryComputing.org offers resources to inform and engage pre-university students, their teachers, school counselors and parents about computing and associated careers. Visitors can learn how to prepare for undergraduate computing studies and search for accredited computing degree programs around the world.TryComputing.org builds upon the work of TryEngineering.org an online resource for students (ages 8-18), their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. It is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, developed to help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.
  • TryNano.org
    TryNano.org is a resource for anyone interested in learning about Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology are technical fields that focus on matter at the nanoscale - dimensions that are roughly 1 to 100 nanometers (1nm = 10-9m).The term Nanoscience often refers to research that discovers and characterizes new behaviors and properties of materials at the nanoscale. Nanotechnology describes how discoveries at the nanoscale are put to work, especially by controlling the behavior of matter and building useful devices. Some of these devices have demonstrated applications in medicine, electronics, robotics, and energy production.
  • LinkEngineering
    The LinkEngineering website is an online community of educators interested in providing meaningful engineering experiences to PreK-12 students of all abilities.LinkEngineering is a community of educators working with PreK-12 students in classrooms or other settings. This includes – but is not limited to – teachers, teacher educators, and administrators. The site allows members to connect with each other and engineering education experts.LinkEngineering is a resource website that provides examples of engineering in educational settings. It also provides background information on engineering and engineering design.
  • Engineer Your Life
    A guide to engineering for high school girls
  • eGFI
    Explore differnt engineering majors

Competitions

Provided below are a few competitions that may be of interest to K-12 STEM teachers:

  • Future City Competition
    The mission of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future.
  • TechXplore
    TechXplore is a high-impact education program and competition that connects teams of students with technology professionals from electronics, telecommunications, and high-tech companies to explore the world of technology.
  • FIRST
    Participants master skills and concepts to aid in learning science and technology through innovative projects and robotics competitions, while gaining valuable employment and life skills.
  • BEST Robotics
    BEST is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition.
  • ThinkQuest
    ThinkQuest inspires students to think, connect, create, and share. Students work in teams to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world.

Section

How Do I Get Involved With My Section?

Contact Your Section Precollege Representative

  • Find Your IEEE Region
    IEEE Regions are determined geographically. The U.S. is within Regions 1-6. Click on the link to find out to which Region you belong.
  • Find your IEEE Section Precollege Representative
    Sections are geographic units within Regions.  Click on your Region's link and find your Section.  Then click on your Section's web site to find your Section Precollege Representative, latest Section news and activities, etc.
  • If you can not find your Section, please contact your K-12 STEM Literacy Committee (formerly PEC) Representative.
  • If there is no Section Precollege Representative, work with your Section PACE Chair and/or the Section Chair. If you are a Section PACE Chair, or a Section Chair, you may want to appoint someone as the Section Precollege Representative.

Get Your Section Involved with Precollege Activities/Projects/Programs

Provided below are a few programs in which your Section may be able to participate:

  • IEEE-USA Teacher Reward/Grant Program
    Partner with teachers to put on a program or project.
  • IEEE Teacher In-Service Program
    Work with teachers and participate in "in-service" days to teach how to implement various engineering related lesson plans in classrooms. Each lesson is tied to education standards, and includes teacher summaries, student worksheets, and activities.
  • Various competitions can be found on our Teacher/Counselor resource page. These organizations may be seeking volunteers as well.

How Do I Get Funding for K-12 Activities?

  • Ask your Section to fund the activity. Many of these programs and projects are relatively inexpensive and are often funded entirely by a Section.
  • Get matching funds from your Region. Since precollege activities are considered to be a PACE (or professional) activity, additional funding may be available from your IEEE Region through PACE funding. Ask your Section to complete a PACE Project Funding Request Form and submit to the appropriate person(s) listed on the form.
  • Get matching funds from the IEEE-USA PEC Teacher Reward/Grant Program. If your Section is working/partnering with a precollege teacher to implement a unique program or project, additional funds may be requested from IEEE-USA’s Precollege Education Committee (PEC) through the Teacher Reward/Grant Program.

What If I Have More Questions or Need Help?

If you have any additional questions, please contact David Iams at d.iams@ieee.org.

Committee Chair

Ed Kirchner
ed.kirchner@ieee.org

Staff Contact