The ICEO collaborates with the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) for its educational activities. EAB is a focal point within the IEEE for Institute-wide educational activities. In doing this, its multiple roles includes:
- Implementing programs specifically intended to serve the educational pursuits of IEEE members, the engineering and scientific communities, and the general public. These can be both strategic and tactical.
- recommends policies on educational matters and collaborating with ICEO to support their education initiatives including their efforts in South Africa. EAB has a rich history of educational efforts in South Africa, including a successful nation-wide Teacher-In-Service Program (TISP). More on TISP
The EAB programs include broad planning of IEEE educational activities, the development and delivery of continuing education products and activities, the development of guidelines for accreditation bodies, the monitoring of accreditation activities, the coordination of pre-university programs, and the representation of the IEEE in matters regarding engineering education.
An interesting EAB program for young people is TryEngineering.org, which is intended for pre-university students, parents, teachers, school counselors, and the general public. It explores how to prepare for an engineering career, ask experts engineering-related questions, play interactive games, and more. Continuing education is also a goal of EAB, and resources, such as ExpertNow provide a series of engaging and highly interactive online learning courses based on the best IEEE educational tutorials and workshops from IEEE conferences around the world. Continuing education takes many forms and Earthzine (www.earthzine.org) is a good example of outreach to the general public.
EAB is developing the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program in IEEE . EPICS is a program that organizes university and high-school students to work on engineering-related projects for local area humanitarian organizations. EAB is developing a mechanism for sustaining and disseminating the EPICS model to other sections, and ICEO encourages schools (Secondary and University/College) and students around the world to get involved.