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Grants Awarded in 2008

Thanks to the generosity of our donors who understand the importance of unrestricted giving, the IEEE Foundation was able to commit support from its General Fund to the following special initiatives in 2008.

Rugerero Survivors Village Solar Project - US$25,000
Barefoot Artists, Inc and Skyheat Associates, Inc
This grant supports the innovative use of solar technology and training to bring electricity to many communities within Rwanda and to develop a sustainable model that can be replicated globally. At the request of community leaders in the village, Barefoot Artists will implement the Project that will bring electricity through solar energy to 100 families. Rugerero residents, all 1994 genocide survivors, will be trained as entrepreneurs and solar engineers to design, facilitate, install and maintain solar electric home systems to bring electricity to their community and generate new income to improve the quality of life for their families.

RoboMAC Robotics Lectures and Competition - US$10,000
IEEE Republic of Macedonia Section
The goal of RoboMAC is to popularize robotics among students in the region and encourage other robotics projects. A group of students at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies will create scientific robots using everyday materials. 30 foreign and 30 local students will be invited through both IEEE Region 8 to participate and learn the benefits of robotics and new developments in the field.

Benjamin Franklin House Education and Outreach Project - US$31,500
Benjamin Franklin House, London, England
The Benjamin Franklin House Education and Outreach project works to preserve the irreplaceable IEEE milestone location in London, England and enable it to develop new educational and outreach initiatives, targeting families and senior citizens. Since its opening in 2006, nearly 20,000 visitors from around the world have visited the Benjamin Franklin House. By developing a comprehensive program, they will foster greater public awareness of the long-reaching legacy of Franklin’s technological and scientific innovations and the transformative effects technological innovation can have on individuals, societies, and the environment. The goal of sharing Franklin’s story is to increase the understanding of science, engineering and technical development and encourage curiosity and learning opportunities for families and seniors.

IEEE Sections Congress 2008 - US$18,000
IEEE Member and Geographic Activities
Held every three years, IEEE Sections Congress unites the IEEE's grass roots volunteer leaders for training, networking, strategic planning and developing solutions to advance the future of the global IEEE. This grant supports the "Core Training" sessions for the event including the production and distribution of the core training materials to the delegates.

IEEE GOLD Humanitarian Workshop and Fellowship – US$38,000
IEEE Graduates of Last Decade Committee (GOLD)
This grant supports the convening the “2008 IEEE Humanitarian Workshop” on 18 October 2008 in Boston, MA, USA. Intended as a pilot event, this Workshop will help the attendees understand how engineering students and professionals can play an active role in enhancing humanity through the use of technology. Ten Workshop attendees will be selected to receive an “IEEE GOLD Humanitarian Fellowship”, also funded through this grant. The Fellowship will provide each recipient with US$3,000 to offset expenses associated with actively participating in a humanitarian project pre-selected by the Workshop coordinators.

Solar Roller Interactive Energy Literacy Exhibits – US$40,000
Durango Discovery Museum, Durango, CO, USA
This grant will support the design and fabrication of two mobile interactive science and energy exhibits. These exhibits, intended to engage youth in the process of scientific inquiry and experimentation, will be deployed in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, USA. The first exhibit will be “Powerstack” a hands-on exploration of the science and history of electricity generation. The second will be “GoCam” a portable visual imaging station.

Kids Connect to Wireless Technology – US$10,000
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
This grant will provide a significant portion of the funds needed to open the Kids Connect to Wireless Technology exhibit. This dedicated permanent exhibit will introduce museum visitors to electrical engineering via amateur radio. It will include enticing and educational graphics along with three to four tabletop interactive activities expected to include morse code, radio directional finding activities, and how to build radios.

Efficient Internship – US$4,000
IEEE Student Branch at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
This grant will support the Efficient Internship Program. The goal of this program to identify ways to improve internship experiences within Turkey. The initial step will be to bring industry, university, and student representative together to examine the problems associated with internships and discuss solutions and suggestions for improvement. The outcome will be the development of an internship guide.

Solar Bug Tugs – US$3,000
Fayetteville Public Library and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
This grant supports a program to bring pre-university students ages 10 to 18 in Fayetteville, Arkansas together with students from the University of Arkansas to learn more about engineering and solar power. Eight teams of youth partnered with college students will work together to build a solar powered amphibious vehicle to compete in a race at the Fayetteville Public Library. The goal of this project is to engage pre-university students in a hands-on activity that will increase their interest and understanding of solar power and the field of engineering.

Technologies that Connect to Life Project Contest – US$29,464.11
IEEE Turkey Section Student Branches
The goal of the Technologies that Connect to Life Project Contest (TCL) is to raise the awareness amongst university students in about the needs of people with disabilities. TCL will use the grant provided by the IEEE Foundation to launch a contest that will recognize and reward the best senior projects that use science and technology to improve the daily lives of people with disabilities. Projects will be judged and eliminated in two phases, and the top three projects will be announced and awarded prizes during a June 2008 ceremony.

Palm Bay Charter Technology Development Program – US$4,000
Palm Bay Community Charter School, Palm Bay, Florida, USA
This grant will help support the Technology Student Association (TSA) at Palm Bay Community Charter School for the next three years. The purpose of the TSA is to establish and maintain an educational program for students ages 5 to 14. The program will expose them to technology at an early age, promoting their interest in engineering and related fields in the future. The first project, to be completed in 2008, is to build and operate a Lego Mindstorms NXT robot. The students will be assisted by adult teachers, IEEE local chapter members and volunteers.

Re-house NMAH Electricity Collections, Final Phase – US$47,440.56
Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
In 1999, staff and volunteers of the National Museum of American History’s Electricity Collections began a multi-faceted program to inspect, digitize and inventory its holdings, which have been stored on open shelves since the 1960’s. To properly preserve these important historical artifacts, it is important to house them in cabinets and not on shelves. This grant will purchase eighteen new cabinets and provide the much needed storage space for these artifacts. The artifacts include objects from Edison’s Menlo Park lab, early magnetic recording devices, electrical appliances, and other items of interest to the IEEE membership.

Engineering Exploring Program Robotics Project – US$1,200
Engineering Exploring Program at Lockheed Martin, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
The Engineering Exploring Program at Lockheed Martin is an extra-curricular activity for students ages 14 to 18 from the Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA area who have an interest in computers, robotics, rockets, and engineering. Working in teams, teenagers in the program create an autonomous robot and compete in two events against teams from around the United States and the world at the Botball competition. Recently, this activity has experienced a significant increase in participation. This grant will provide the means for a third team to participate in the Botball Educational Robotics Program.

Problem Solving Web Forum – US$20,000
IEEE Lebanon Section
This project will fund the creation of a web forum for students (at all levels) and their instructors to share math and science problems, solicit solutions and comments, and collaborate via the Internet. The site will be designed to allow students from around the globe to post problems and solutions as well as discuss problems. It will also provide a set of problems that instructors can use in their course work or to challenge students.

Towards University – US$7,245
Bilkent University, Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey
Towards University will introduce high school students in Turkey to engineering as a possible career choice. The program has two parts. In the first part, representatives from Bilkent University will visit high schools around Turkey speaking to over 2,000 students about engineering and college. In the second part of the program, 50 students selected from high schools around Turkey will visit Bilkent University to experience university life and participate in labs, workshops, conferences, tours and games.

Workshop Robotics at School – US$30,000
IEEE Morelos Section
This grant will support the promotion and understanding science and engineering in schools across Mexico through a “learning through play” robotics project. The project will begin with the creation of training packages explaining the project which will be delivered to secondary education teachers and students. The next part of the project will center on the schools building the robots. The culmination of the project will be a conference organized to present the robots and results from the projects.

IEEE emeritbadges.org Project – US$30,000
IEEE Richmond Section

The mission of the IEEE emeritbadges.org Project is to provide a global non-discriminatory pre-university technology education program for boys and girls. This grant will partially support the IEEE emeritbadge.org Project’s activities during the years 2008 through 2010. Activities to be undertaken include hosting booths at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree and the 2008 Girl Scout National Council Session/ 51st Convention, developing instructional materials and kits for Boy and Girl Scouts and improving the emeritbadges.org website.

IEEE Medal of Honor - US$60,000
Established in 1917, the IEEE Medal of Honor is the highest award bestowed by the IEEE. The Medal celebrates and honors an exceptional engineer who has dedicated his/her life to improving the world by recognizing a singular achievement or an extraordinary career in the fields of interest of the IEEE. The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate and honorarium.

IEEE Founders Medal - US$15,000
This award recognizes that leadership is as important to professional progress as technical ability. Established in 1952, the IEEE Founders Medal is awarded for major contributions in the leadership, planning and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession. The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate and honorarium.

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award - US$9,000
Named in honor of Haraden Pratt, an exceptional IEEE volunteer who gave 31 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the IEEE, this Award recognizes outstanding service to the Institute. The IEEE Haraden Pratt Award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.