The IEEE EAB Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee (PECC) is pleased to announce the establishment of Maker Event Seed Funding to assist IEEE Sections, Chapters, Student Branches, affinity groups, and individual IEEE members in engaging pre-university students through participating in maker events in their local community. The deadline to submit applications for funding is 30 June 2016.
A maker event is designed to be a flexible celebration of making, tinkering, creating, innovating, and learning within a local community. Maker events come in the form of exhibit booths/tables, shows, workshops, and/or conferences. Participants typically include tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs.
There are many types of activities that may be planned and executed that would constitute a maker event, but most have some of the following in common:
If you are interested in organizing a Maker Faire event, an independently produced celebration of local maker culture, you are required to apply for and sign a license agreement directly with Maker Faire. You may not use the Maker Faire brand or trademark without this license. IEEE is not affiliated with Maker Faire. Please refer to http://makerfaire.com/global/ for more information.
The interested Section, Chapter, Student Branch, or affinity group should designate an IEEE member to submit the application on their behalf. Individual IEEE members may also submit an application. The applicant shall meet the following minimum criteria:
The applicant group or individual shall do the following:
Applications received prior to the deadline will be reviewed by a group of IEEE volunteer judges selected by the IEEE Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee. The application review process is expected to be completed within four weeks of receipt of the application. The applying group or individual will be notified of the status of their application by email communication.
The maximum amount of funding available is US$500 per event. Funding will be distributed directly to the Section or Chapter endorsing the application (for further distribution to the event organizers).
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