The IET's Americas Communities Volunteer Conference 2019, Houston, Texas, November 9 - 10
After a fun "ice breaker!" led by two of our YP's, we covered the following in the day and half conference:
- An overview of the Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC) strategy by Macauley Kenny, CRC Member-at-large
- A review of the CC-A regional three-year strategy and five strategic action plans from the CC-A Chair, David McQuiggan, namely:
- Engagement & Empowerment of members, volunteers and local communities to enable our Vision and deliver our Mission.
- Next Generation: Supporting and developing STEM students and early career professionals through PATW, Global Challenge, DIY-FCD, On-Campus, YPCC and other programs/events.
- Professional Development: Providing development opportunities through events, tours, conferences, mentoring, IPRAs, and promotion of IET programs, resources, volunteer opportunities, elections, awards and competitions.
- Public Outreach: Amplifying the promotion of The IET’s vision, mission, events and programs through social media and direct engagement at local, national and regional level.
- Working Across Boundaries: Partnering with TNs, sister PEIs, STEM advocates, industry academia to leverage each other’s strengths and resources aligned to our Mission & Values
- An overview of the new IET Technical Network strategy and TNs by Phoebe Houssein, IET Staff
- A workshop exercise centered around Local Network (LN) SWOT analysis and best practice sharing
- An overview of next-generation YP activities from our Americas region representative for the Young Professionals Communities Committee (YPCC), with an emphasis on how to engage with YPs led by Robert Mayall, CC-A YPCC rep
- A case-study for IET On Campus: Arts et Métiers Châlons, by Antoine Yazbeck, Past Chair, Arts et Métiers Châlons OnCampus group, France
- A contestants view of the IET Present Around the World (PATW) competition, by Pradesh Boodoosingh, a contetant from Trinidad & Tobago
- A brief about Fellowship at the IET by John Houldsworth, IET Fellowship Policy Committee who managed to deliver his presentation over Skype!
- An overview International Professional Registration Adviser (IPRA) role from Mariusz Baginski
- An introduction to a new brand called "Foothold," a re-branding of the IET Connect benevalent fund by Phoebe Houssein, IET Staff
- A train-the-trainer hands-on tutorial from Hal Speed, micro:bit Chief of Global Engagement Officer, where each volunteer was gifted a mirco:bit kit and downloadable software to play around and experiment with from their smartphones or laptops. Download Hal's micro:bit presentation materials from SlideShare here and code editor software here.
- An experiential and interactive workshop to play a shortened version of the DIY Faraday Challenge Day (DIY-FCD) James Webb Telescope game (download resources here)
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